Richie Charles

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    "The Best Baritone Since Ian Curtis"

    John Sharkey III is no longer the fuckhead in Clockcleaner, writing songs with titles like "Gentle Swastika," crafting cold noisy punk that was both biting and mesmerizing. The band was great, and then simmered out, synth-pop Puerto Rico Flowers born in its 2008 wake. That band too proved to have an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Kurt Vile is a Psych-Folk Guitar God and Forklift Operator Par Excellence

    It was a thing of grace. That machine yielded to his will as though it had woken up with the sun, puffed a stale cigarette, choked down some black coffee, and idled patiently until unlikely captain Kurt Vile, reluctant guitar hero and folk journeyman, arrived. The Kurt you don't know is every bit as ... More >>

  • Music

    April 10, 2013

    King Kurt (Vile)

    The songwriter's Wakin' on a Pretty Daze completes a trilogy of masterful LPs