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.
Sunday, December 15 2013
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.
Thursday, March 6 2014
Boy sounds like nothing other than Bozulich’s own twisty back catalog, a culmination of a career spent distorting punk rock and country and the blues into exciting new shapes.
Sunday, March 2 2014
Without a doubt, this is another Real Estate album.
Monday, January 13 2014
On this, Bruce Springsteen's most unsteady album, Tom Morello demonstrates how a backing player can nearly ruin the proceedings.
Tuesday, December 10 2013
Musical kinship excuses hero worship on this EP.
Monday, November 25 2013
This uniquely celebratory work is one of the best of the year.
Wednesday, December 11 2013
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.
Wednesday, October 23 2013
Classical and compositional music has continued to thrive in the 20th and 21st centuries, reaching new heights of both dissonance and beauty.
Thursday, October 3 2013
Genres like metal can be experienced as a cleansing agent, removed of anger, sadness, pleasure, and bereft of space and origin. Momentarily, you are negated, a joyous flipside to nihilism.