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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Dent May On <em>Do Things</em>, Mississippi, and Briefly Quitting Music

    Dent May On Do Things, Mississippi, and Briefly Quitting Music

    published Oct 17, 2012

    Dent May's output can be divided into two distinct halves: biting, old-timey sardonicism (2009's stripped-down, snark-soaked The Good Feeling Music of Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele) and clear-... 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 >>

  • Q&A: OPPONENTS On Effects Chains, Not Wearing Earplugs, And Knight Rider

    published Aug 24, 2012

    Over a rapidly accumulating pile of releases, the New York trio OPPONENTS has laid claim to a sound that can be endlessly distended and expanded upon: An arresting panorama of synth boil-overs, grit-c... 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 >>

  • Q&A: Melissa F. Clarke On Traveling To Greenland By Boat, The Kickstarter Model, And Hyperawareness

    published Aug 03, 2012

    The entry for Melissa F. Clarke is mercilessly brief, and with good reason. This New York-based sound artist doesn't go in for headphone music; she crafts immersive, science-fueled audio/v... 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Seven Electronic Songs To Herald The 2012 Olympic Games

    Seven Electronic Songs To Herald The 2012 Olympic Games

    published Jul 26, 2012

    Summer Olympics season is imminent: Golden rings crop up on magazine covers, newspapers dedicate space to English beverages and foodstuffs, Morgan Freeman's rich, reassuring baritone returns to prime ... 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Q&A: Sontag Shogun On Playing Visual Art Installations, Lionel Richie, And Susan Sontag

    published Jul 18, 2012

    There's a tangible loneliness to Sontag Shogun's music, but there's a wistful loveliness present, too. The Brooklyn trio assumes a sort of songwriting assembly line, with Ian Temple's emotive, tremulo... 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 >>

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