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  • 10 years ago

    Van Der Graaf Generator have not made a record since the 1970s, when the British band served up the heaviest and most melodramatic progressive rock you never heard. Now reunited, VDGG kicks off Present, their new double CD, with a song that might ...

  • 11 years ago

    You're hip to packaging. So what do you expect from a bunch of white rock guys with guitars and such who call their band Isis? Big hair, right? Maybe portentous lyrics about tombs and moonlight, or even proper Egyptian liturgy, like the death-meta...

  • 13 years ago

    If Alex Grey were a superhero, his mutant power would be mystical X ray vision. The Brooklyn artist's electric, densely layered, and deeply psychedelic images represent human bodies as skinless, semi-transparent forms that overlay flesh and blood,...

  • 13 years ago

    One of the spookiest verses in the whole pop arcanum belongs, as it should, to Robert Johnson: "I got stones in my passway and my road seems dark at night," he cries, repeating the line before the killer twist: "I have pains in my heart, they have...

  • 14 years ago

    Snazzy and overarching scientific paradigms are notoriously tough to corral, but in his fine new book, Steven Johnson gets a good grip on one of the most important of late: "the eerie, invisible hand of self-organization." As Johnson explains with...

  • 14 years ago

    One of the most hopeless yet admirable reactions to the utter weirdness of psychedelic experience is the desire to write about it. Whether in the form of trip tales, philosophical rants, or revisionist histories, writing promises to ground the exp...

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