Mister Hands, the debut album from NARC, is the sound of Balimore's Nicky Smith bisecting and pinning to cork several the electric guitar's sonic flavors: the panning-stereo patty-cake blare of "Gangrene/Snickers"; the drowsy, Drunken Master splay of "Sweater"; "Don't Touch," which bear-hugs a meat ... More >>
In the week SOTC blood kin Christopher R. Weingarten swore up an absolute storm in defense of music criticism, we memorialized his cascades of profanity in a very special video edit, then rode out on the battlefield once more to sort out the critical scrum that broke out in the speech's wake. ... More >>
Omar Rodriguez Lopez, the poofy-haired, three-piece-suit wearing, multi-instrumentalist of the Mars Volta, can now add actor, writer, and director to his extensive inventory of careers. His debut film, The Sentimental Engine Slayer, which premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival back in February, ... More >>
Scenes from MtyMx. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy told our own Michael Musto to "eat it" and Musto sensibly retaliated by telling him to "suck it" right back, we spent a good chunk of the week unpacking the twin out-of-state enterprises that were SXSW and M ... More >>
The news that obliterated the week that was: MJ. Our remembrance here, plus the complete Michael Jackson Voice archives, as written by the dream team of Robert Christgau, Chuck Eddy, Greg Tate, Vince Aletti, Stanley Crouch, Guy Trebay, Nelson George, Elvis Mitchell, Simon Frith, and Scott Poulson-Br ... More >>
"You come and see us and it's three hours of getting punched in the face."
Hetero life partners Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala
The Mars Volta's guitarist and co-leader, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, seems possessed by an almost demonic energy. The fifth Volta album, Octahedron, will be released ... More >>