experimental rock

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Opus Remains Powerful and Prescient

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Opus Remains Powerful and Prescient

Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven by Godspeed You! Black Emperor reminds us that sometimes the most powerful protest is (nearly) wordless.

Dirty Three Prove the Theory That Love Changes Everything

Dirty Three Prove the Theory That Love Changes Everything

Dirty Three continue their long career of making organic, meditative post-rock jazz that always humbly approaches a single moment, without pretense or distraction.

Frank Zappa’s ‘Whisky a Go Go 1968’ Appears in Deluxe Edition

Frank Zappa’s ‘Whisky a Go Go 1968’ Appears in Deluxe Edition

Released this month in a Super Deluxe Edition, Whisky a Go Go 1968 recovers a legendary “lost” performance by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.

MONO Recommit with Life-Affirming ‘Oath’

MONO Recommit with Life-Affirming ‘Oath’

MONO return with a post-rock album about faith and commitment, which serves as a fitting epitaph for their long-term artistic collaboration with Steve Albini.

The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis Deliver Thrills

The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis Deliver Thrills

Imagine a train that seems to be going off the rails yet keeps on track, and you’ll get a sense of what The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis sounds like.

Avant-Metal’s Lords of Terror: Fantômas’ Eponymous Debut at 25

Avant-Metal’s Lords of Terror: Fantômas’ Eponymous Debut at 25

Fantômas stand as one of the most audacious music projects of the 1990s. You almost wonder if the quasi-mainstreamish Faith No More held Mike Patton back.

Melvins’ ‘Tarantula Heart’ Marks Their Strange Trip

Melvins’ ‘Tarantula Heart’ Marks Their Strange Trip

Melvins are masters of their craft, still able to make songs that stand with their finest work precisely because they’re never trying to recapture that past.

25 Years of Tom Waits’ ‘Mule Variations’

25 Years of Tom Waits’ ‘Mule Variations’

With Mule Variations, Tom Waits tamed his vaudevillian guises and showed that he was aging gracefully, while retaining his integrity towards his artistry.

Avalanche Kaito’s ‘Talitakum’ Is a Jagged, Electroacoustic Dream

Avalanche Kaito’s ‘Talitakum’ Is a Jagged, Electroacoustic Dream

Avalanche Kaito’s Talitakum is one of the most intriguing albums this year so far. It’s a work of futurist folk-rock and a mixed-media sculpture.

What Wilco’s ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ Got Right About Music Streaming

What Wilco’s ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ Got Right About Music Streaming

Wilco’s net-streaming experiment with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was part of the utopian promise for technology’s future, and it worked.

Kim Gordon’s ‘The Collective’ Is an Addictive Mix of Sounds

Kim Gordon’s ‘The Collective’ Is an Addictive Mix of Sounds

Who had Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon making a collection of trunk-rattling near hip-hop and industrial noise on their 2024 bingo card?

Can and Damo Suzuki Shimmer Brightly on ‘Live in Paris 1973’

Can and Damo Suzuki Shimmer Brightly on ‘Live in Paris 1973’

Part of a recent series of archival releases, Live in Paris 1973 provides an indispensable glimpse of Can and their lead vocalist, Damo Suzuki, at their peak.