Rob Rubsam is a freelance writer and itinerant resident of upstate New York. His writing about music has been published at CVLT Nation, Tom Tom Magazine, The Rumpus, Burning Ambulance, Spinner, and others. When not contemplating giant squids or erecting a standing stone in his backyard, he tweets at @millenialistfun. Do not contact him with your black mass-related inquiries, please.
Edging Toward the Mainstream: Extreme Music in 2013 | 15 Dec 2013 // 9:07 PM
By breaking previous genre constraints, Deafheaven and its peers have created a new template, with strangeness no longer the selling the point for extreme music.
Seahaven: Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only | 10 Aug 2014 // 9:01 PM
Reverie and its new sound may throw some old fans, but that’s a good thing.
Tombs: Savage Gold | 7 Jul 2014 // 9:05 PM
Savage Gold proves extreme metal to be a race to the bottom that no one wins.
Ten Great Cover Singers | 11 Dec 2013 // 4:00 AM
Though this may be the time of year when cloying pop covers of Christmas songs are picked up from far too many supermarket checkout lines, let it not sour you on all covers completely. The ten artists listed herein are laudable exemplars of how to make the cover version an artform all its own.
12 Compositions to Introduce You to Classical Music Post-1950 | 23 Oct 2013 // 4:00 AM
Classical and compositional music has continued to thrive in the 20th and 21st centuries, reaching new heights of both dissonance and beauty.