The Neighbourhood / Travis Scott @ Stubb’s – 7.18.14

The Neighbourhood / Travis Scott @ Stubb’s – 7.18.14

Ed. Note: It’s fun to make Charles rationalize the popularity of artists with which he is woefully unfamiliar. Not just the “undergraduate savages” as he likes to exclaim to his Scotch time and again but bands...

Outside Lands 2014 Spotlight: Lucius

Outside Lands 2014 Spotlight: Lucius

If you’re going to any music festival, Lucius is exactly the type of band you want to get to know. Set aside what they actually sound like and what you might expect from their live performance,...

Slow Club – Complete Surrender

Slow Club – Complete Surrender

Slow Club seemingly enjoys challenging themselves to bound across musical plains. In the handful of EPs and full-lengths they’ve released since 2006 none have sounded like the one before or after it. There’s really no musical...

Death Grips – Niggas on the Moon

Death Grips – Niggas on the Moon

Death Grips is dead and Niggas on the Moon is the “band’s” (quotation marks taken from Death Grip’s Facebook annihilation napkin statement) first pass on impressing their eulogy on art, time and the maddened zipgun massive....

RATKING – So It Goes

RATKING – So It Goes

If you happen to come across a writhing mass of rats intertwined by their tails, essentially knotted together with blood, feces and dirt, you have found a rat king.  A rare phenomenon associated with bad omens,...

DEVO @ The Wiltern – 6.29.14

DEVO @ The Wiltern – 6.29.14

Ed. Note: Apologies to all you spuds out there for being lax on getting the DEVO snaps up and atom but the cross-continental call of American Rock and Roll Freedom did a number on our nerdist...

The Neighbourhood / Travis Scott @ Stubb’s – 7.18.14

The Neighbourhood / Travis Scott @ Stubb’s – 7.18.14

Ed. Note: It’s fun to make Charles rationalize the popularity of artists with which he is woefully unfamiliar. Not just the “undergraduate savages” as he likes to exclaim to his Scotch time and again but bands that people, lots of people, real people of all stripes and colors and creeds...

Review by Maggie Boyd
Outside Lands 2014 Spotlight: Lucius

Outside Lands 2014 Spotlight: Lucius

If you’re going to any music festival, Lucius is exactly the type of band you want to get to know. Set aside what they actually sound like and what you might expect from their live performance, you will instantly earn a shit-ton of social currency for knowing a girl-band that...

Review by Delicious
Slow Club – Complete Surrender

Slow Club – Complete Surrender

Slow Club seemingly enjoys challenging themselves to bound across musical plains. In the handful of EPs and full-lengths they’ve released since 2006 none have sounded like the one before or after it. There’s really no musical boundaries with Slow Club largely due to the band’s primary members, English duo Charles...

Review by Big Ben
Death Grips – Niggas on the Moon

Death Grips – Niggas on the Moon

Death Grips is dead and Niggas on the Moon is the “band’s” (quotation marks taken from Death Grip’s Facebook annihilation napkin statement) first pass on impressing their eulogy on art, time and the maddened zipgun massive. A wantonly irritable catalog of prickling, debilitated soundscapes released freely a few short weeks...

Review by Charles
RATKING – So It Goes

RATKING – So It Goes

If you happen to come across a writhing mass of rats intertwined by their tails, essentially knotted together with blood, feces and dirt, you have found a rat king.  A rare phenomenon associated with bad omens, more specifically plagues. If you happen to come across a New York rap trio...

Review by Griffen Callahan
DEVO @ The Wiltern – 6.29.14

DEVO @ The Wiltern – 6.29.14

Ed. Note: Apologies to all you spuds out there for being lax on getting the DEVO snaps up and atom but the cross-continental call of American Rock and Roll Freedom did a number on our nerdist tunnel vision. Here they are then, the documents from El Jefe’s daze at the...

Review by Ben
Sharon Van Etten @ El Rey  – 6.28.14

Sharon Van Etten @ El Rey – 6.28.14

Ed. Note: There is a timelessness to the sound of Sharon Van Etten that is both emphatic and devastating. A soulful, sensual and sorrowful candor played out a in big band (not in the swing sense, just fulsome) context as opposed to the bare armed oppression of the solo sirens...

Review by Ben
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Only Run

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Only Run

I am good in a fight, where the enemy is clear, the odds read panic, insurmountable and it’s kill or get fucked or, worse yet, forgotten. I’ve been told it’s the Irish in me or the Mexican, maybe. I can’t really remember and wouldn’t dare say at the risk of...

Review by Charles