2011 Stories by RAYMOND CUMMINGS

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  • Designer Drugs

    published December 21, 2011

    It's easy to ghettoize electronic dance music, and with "dubstep" becoming an increasingly loaded term, it's been amusing to watch taste-makers... More >>

  • Zoo Troop Gang

    published December 14, 2011

    Perhaps you've heard of the Zoo Troop, a corps of adults who entertain children while wearing outsize anthropomorphic animal costumes. While... More >>

  • Asher Roth

    published December 14, 2011

    Just a few years back, Philadelphia's Asher Roth was nth-gen rap's Great White Hope, a wiseacre Jewish stoner with a Gangsta Grillz co-sign, an... More >>

  • Wu-Tang Clan

    published December 7, 2011

    As Staten Island's Wu-Tang Clan closes in on its 20th anniversary as a doggedly self-mythologizing rap squad, it's sobering to note that their... More >>

  • Dan Zanes

    published December 7, 2011

    When critical acclaim dries up and the other members of your indie-rock band split, there's no shame in funneling your creative pop energy into... More >>

  • Q&A: Kyle Kessler On Aliases, Pop Marketing Conspiracies, And Being Visited By Demons While Performing

    published Dec 16, 2011

    The word "grinding" means different things to different people. For video-game enthusiasts, it represents the expository dead stretches where no action is happening. In drug-dealing culture, it signif... More >>

  • White Hills

    published November 30, 2011

    White Hills albums are kind of like Herman Cain interviews: You never know exactly what's going to happen, but you'll be glad you took the time to... More >>

  • Hospital Productions' Store Shuts Its Doors

    published Dec 14, 2011

    The Hospital Productions store at 60 E. Third Street is no more, according to reports by East Village Radio and EV Grieve (which has photos of the storefront bearing a "For Rent" sign). The store, a p... More >>

  • G-Side

    published November 16, 2011

    Huntsville, Alabama's G-Side represent an affront to the idea that anvil-hard is the default setting for come-up rap duos. The whispered, murmured... More >>

  • Wiz Khalifa+Snoop Dogg

    published November 16, 2011

    One of underground metal’s most storied bands, the members of New Orleans–based sludgers Eyehategod are known for their controversial... More >>

  • Q&A: Frank Hoier And Moselle Spiller Of Boom Chick On Touring, Honoring The Blues, And Nirvana

    published Dec 09, 2011

    Clocking in at a scrappy 20 minutes, Show Pony—the 2010 self-released debut LP from Brooklyn's Boom Chick—brings the hangdog harangue ruckus, a snarling, hair-raising blur of raw rock prim... More >>

  • The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

    published November 16, 2011

    Truculent, defiantly curled-lip, and raucously realized as they may be, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion LPs are no substitute for Jon Spencer Blues... More >>

  • Coke Bust

    published November 9, 2011

    Cramped venue + jittery crowd + Coke Bust = instant, almost viral mosh pit melee. Whether you're throwing elbows in the audience or trolling... More >>

  • Pill

    published November 9, 2011

    Despite vocal dexterity, a twangy flow, and a willingness to leapfrog onto posse cuts, Q-rating elevation has proved difficult for Pill. While the... More >>

  • Kimya Dawson

    published November 2, 2011

    Think of Kimya Dawson’s courageous-bard bravado this way: twee naiveté mixed with agit-prop napalm. The harder the former Moldy Peach... More >>

  • 'Sneaker Pimps' w/ Kendrick Lamar+Stalley

    published November 2, 2011

    Interestingly representative of hip-hop's current pan-regional polyglot, this Stalley is. The Massillon, Ohio MC's hypnotic, acrobatic flow is all... More >>

  • Chickenfoot

    published October 26, 2011

    Big riffs, big dicks, big chords, bigger bank accounts: that's the circa-1987 rock'n'roll fantasy Chickenfoot sells so convincingly, even if Sammy... More >>

  • Korn

    published October 26, 2011

    What's that, you say? Petulant bleating, drop-D tunings, steamroller bass, and sinister album art are all long out of vogue? On forthcoming album... More >>

  • Jeff Mangum

    published October 19, 2011

    While Jeff Mangum's indispensability can certainly be explained in terms of idiosyncratic sonic streams—brackish bass wraiths, effects-pedal... More >>

  • Q&A: Sex Church's Levon On Autumn, Depression, And Creepshow

    published Oct 28, 2011

    If any single phrase summarizes the Sex Church approach to reverb-drenched bombs, it's unquestionably "virulent erosion." The Vancouver-based outfit showcases a series of intense, furiously clanged a... More >>

  • Gang Gang Dance

    published September 28, 2011

    Physically, Gang Gang Dance call Manhattan home, but artistically and psychically they're gypsies, nomadic insurgents drawing from so many musical... More >>

  • Q&A: Jim Carroll Of Unicycle Loves You On The Nature Of Failure, The Fifth Element, And Paying Tribute To Sonic Youth

    published Oct 21, 2011

    Chicago's Unicycle Loves You is unabashedly a noise-pop band, but not in the (mo-fi) sense that Sisters, Japanther, Railcars, or early No Age jams are noise-pop. Rather, singer/guitarist Jim Carroll, ... More >>

  • Cyndi Lauper

    published September 28, 2011

    Prior to acquitting herself as a celebrity apprentice and becoming a heroine to the LGBTQ community, Cyndi Lauper made her bones as a tomboy pop... More >>

  • Man Forever

    published September 28, 2011

    Talk about your Iron John gone Rain Man. In his Man Forever guise, Oneida drummer Kid Millions crams the sonic frame with multitude... More >>

  • Q&A: Ted Lee And Steve D'Agostino Of ZEBU! On Naked Shows, Germany, And The Brilliance Of Nick Nolte

    published Oct 14, 2011

    The ZEBU! song "Your Band Is Nothing"—from Hookers In Sweatpants (Feeding Tube, 2006)—is pretty hard to argue with. Guitar-slinger Steve D'Agostino pinches off mammoth riffs that somehow c... More >>

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