2012 Stories by RAYMOND CUMMINGS

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  • Prodigy

    published December 26, 2012

    Eons after Mobb Deep's sell-by date and 2007 high-water mark Return of the Mac, Prodigy stays strapped, gully, and weirdly preserved in... More >>

  • Vomitor+Negative Plane

    published December 5, 2012

    Think if Brisbane, Australia's Vomitor as a sort of gateway drug to heavy-rock fandom. Worried that the tempos will be too sludgy, or the drumming... More >>

  • TEEN+Guards

    published December 5, 2012

    TEEN's fizzy, head-rush pop feels unstuck in time. There's New Age in the Brooklyn trio's woozy, stoned keyboards; there's tamed B-52s brio in the... More >>

  • Diamond Rings

    published November 28, 2012

    Whether John O'Regan's shamelessness is a cause for admiration or disgust depends on where the listener stands on irony-free modern synth-pop. As... More >>

  • Gary Clark Jr.+Kat Edmonson

    published November 7, 2012

    You've probably been hearing loose talk about this Gary Clark Jr. character for a minute now, and the reason for this becomes apparent some 60... More >>

  • Dan Deacon

    published November 7, 2012

    "Giddy" doesn't even begin to do justice to Dan Deacon's percolating phalanxes of keyboards and synthesizers. That was true back in 2007, when the... More >>

  • Grass Widow+Habibi

    published October 24, 2012

    Mashed-note indie-pop never goes entirely out of style (see Go Sailor, Tiger Trap, Cub, etc.) and Grass Widow are among the sub-genre's most... More >>

  • Mayhem Lauren

    published October 17, 2012

    Give Mayhem Lauren credit for cultivating certain sartorial (rakish), artistic (hall of mirrors), and gustatory (bros down with Action Bronson)... More >>

  • Rita Ora

    published October 17, 2012

    British pop tart Rita Ora is telegenic, really likes Biggie’s “Party and Bullshit,” and should play Gwen Stefani in a No Doubt... More >>

  • Matmos

    published September 26, 2012

    Matmos' Icarus-level concept art-pop—electronic, heavily footnoted, icky sometimes—is a reliably high-minded, high-wire treat. But... More >>

  • The Milk Carton Kids+Brendan Hines

    published September 19, 2012

    California troubadour duo Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan bill themselves as the Milk Carton Kids, playing winding-vine folk-pop full of all... More >>

  • Kendrick Lamar+Ab-Soul+Jay Rock

    published August 29, 2012

    If Control System makes for an uncomfortable listen, then Ab-Soul is doing his job. There's nothing prickly about California MC/Top Dawg... More >>

  • Riff Raff+Mayhem Lauren+WC Kids+Farrington G

    published August 22, 2012

    To contemplate Riff Raff is to gawp at the very fact of his existence. And it’s not, you know, the Gucci Mane/Lil B-esque diarrhea stream of... More >>

  • Kelly Clarkson+The Fray

    published August 8, 2012

    On her big singles—"Ms. Independent," "Stronger"—Kelly Clarkson wields her voice like a battering ram, and that sense of vengeful,... More >>

  • Slaughterhouse+Freeway+Pharoahe Monch

    published July 25, 2012

    Eight years and change after Philadelphia Freeway earned the rapper born Leslie Edward Pridgen his first and last gold plaque, the former... More >>

  • Lower Dens+No Joy+Alan Resnick

    published July 18, 2012

    One of the great things about Lower Dens is how deftly they navigate the gap between abstraction and cohesion: The seeming gaps in the Baltimore... More >>

  • Shonen Knife+White Mystery+Flown

    published July 18, 2012

    In a way, consummate Ramones fans Shonen Knife ended up becoming their heroes—cult rock stars with influence cred much larger than their bank... More >>

  • Shonen Knife+White Mystery+Flown

    published July 18, 2012

    In a way, consummate Ramones fans Shonen Knife ended up becoming their heroes—cult rock stars with influence cred much larger than their bank... More >>

  • Cris Cab

    published July 4, 2012

    Are you an aficionado of slack radio pop who finds Jason Mraz, like, way too white? Is Bruno Mars, correspondingly, too black? Then... More >>

  • The B-52s

    published July 4, 2012

    Ain't no party like a B-52s party: lascivious, uninhibited, almost defiantly pro-camp. Fred, Keith, Cindy, Kate, and Ricky brought something for... More >>

  • Phish

    published June 27, 2012

    Entering its fourth decade, Vermont‘s Phish is something greater than a jam band archetype. That its members are even together after a... More >>

  • Blues Control

    published June 13, 2012

    Pennsylvania duo Blues Control—that’s Lea Cho performing alchemy on keyboards and Russ Waterhouse shiatsu-massaging guitars and... More >>

  • Pontiak+White Hills+Rhyton+Eula

    published June 6, 2012

    White Hills’s Dave W. and Ego Sensation somehow manage to juggle all their tricks simultaneously, the full-court glam press tripping over... More >>

  • Neil Young & Jonathan Demme

    published May 23, 2012

    At 66, an age where most musicians of note are happy to fade away, Neil Young has instead produced a noisy, defiant flood of iPhone apps,... More >>

  • that dog.

    published May 16, 2012

    Too saccharine and classically trained to be grunge, too music-biz by birth to be iconoclast upstarts, too blasted nice—such was that dog.'s... More >>

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