5 days ago | Please Enjoy Responsibly
Conventional wisdom holds that we should hope for the least from our seasons, with "mild" as a watchword. By any standard of measure you care to name, this has been one punk-ass summer from a meteorological perspective. With broiling days largely ...
1 month ago | Please Enjoy Responsibly
Whether you're sweating buckets, getting eaten alive by horseflies, or hyperventilating over the pitiful quality of candidates running for national office, there's only one surefire cure for the pre-summertime blues: Turn up the distortion...
2 months ago | Music Festivals
Last May I had the privilege of covering the Ende Tymes Festival for this publication, after years of previewing the annual event. It was a life-affirming assignment that had the effect of simultaneously redeeming festival culture for me, and prob...
2 months ago | Please Enjoy Responsibly
Bees dive-bombing you for no apparent reason? Allergies going ham? Facebook friends suddenly, post–Baltimore unrest, outing themselves as near-racists? It's spring, suckers. Put the cat out and crank up the noise...
3 months ago | Please Enjoy Responsibly
The world, at long last, is coming alive again: color flooding trees and shrubs, power-walkers crowding avenues, convertibles easing out of storage, sinuses exploding into flame. It's spring, and dreary, smudged music doesn't make sense anymore; i...
4 months ago | Please Enjoy Responsibly
[Ed. Note: In Please Enjoy Responsibly, columnist Raymond Cummings doggedly tracks down the best noise music of the past month, and sometimes the month prior to that.] When caught in a cold snap that refuses to let up, the tough don't don a Snuggi...