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  • Bill Orcutt: 'How the Thing Sings' Published 10/12/2011 at 10:31 a.m. 0 comments

    Depending on how literally you want to take it, the “thing” referenced in the title could be Bill Orcutt’s guitar, a battered acoustic with the A and D strings missing. Or maybe the “thing” is Orcutt himself, the former guitarist ...

  • Mastodon: 'The Hunter' Published 10/5/2011 at 11:02 a.m. 0 comments

    After nearly a decade of increasing complexity, Atlanta master heshers Mastodon sort of dial it back on their fifth album.

  • The Mekons: 'Ancient & Modern' Published 10/5/2011 at 10:25 a.m. 0 comments

    The Mekons aren’t my favorite band because I believe they’ve made the best music ever. But I can’t think of a cooler band.

  • P.G. Six: Starry Mind Published 9/28/2011 at 9:38 a.m. 0 comments

    Pat Gubler, a veteran of the now-defunct New York avant/psychedelic-folk group Tower Recordings who performs and records as P.G. Six, has gradually updated his sound over the course of a decade and five solo albums.

  • Discharge: Disentesise/War Is Hell Published 9/28/2011 at 9:35 a.m. 0 comments

    These two new reissues capture some of the band’s peak moments since reforming in 2001.

  • Krallice: 'Diotima' Published 9/21/2011 at 9:29 a.m. 0 comments

    Krallice advances its own BM-influenced heaviness agenda with the kind of spacious (and non-dogmatic) touches that can only open more ears and blow more minds.

  • Hella: 'Tripper' Published 9/21/2011 at 9:24 a.m. 0 comments

    California noise-rock duo Hella specializes in the sort of pulverizing sounds that will either, like, totally blow you away, man, or like, totally make you hit eject within the first 30 seconds.

  • Jay-Z and Kanye West: 'Watch the Throne' Published 9/14/2011 at 10:17 a.m. 0 comments

    Watch the Throne is neither crazy nor consequential. It doesn’t pretend to be. It really serves only one purpose, aside from furthering the fame of two rappers who are already bumping their heads on the fame ceiling: They got to ...

  • The Rapture: 'In the Grace of Your Love' Published 9/14/2011 at 10:09 a.m. 0 comments

    It’s been a whopping five years since New York City dance revivalists the Rapture tickled the eardrums of trendy postgrads in girls’ jeans.

  • Lone: 'Echolocations' Published 9/7/2011 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments

    High-energy burners like “Blossom Quarter” and “Rapid Racer” have a sort of molten mania about them, surging along on an aural flying carpet of breakneck beats and cascading keyboards, chimes, and strings. But even at his most frenetic, Lone seems ...

  • Beirut: 'The Rip Tide' Published 9/7/2011 at 10:33 a.m. 0 comments

    Beirut’s third album, the extremely meticulous (and often achingly beautiful) The Rip Tide, clearly isn’t the work of a loner with his laptop.

  • Baring Teeth: 'Atrophy' Published 8/31/2011 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments

    Metal just gets weirder and weirder as it expands, and that can only be a good thing.

  • Ganglians: 'Still Living' Published 8/31/2011 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments

    There’s nothing too adventurous on display in any of these 12 tracks—mainly a lot of surf guitar, basic beats, and off-kilter hooks that gnaw away at your brain.

  • Disma: 'Towards the Megalith' Published 8/10/2011 at 11:13 a.m. 0 comments

    Towards the Megalith subverts most of the tiresome conventions of death metal. A throwback never sounded so fresh.

  • Widowspeak: 'Widowspeak' Published 8/10/2011 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments

    Upbeat doesn’t suit these guys well.