REVIEW: The Melvins – “Tres Cabrones”

Originally published in Popdose Jan. 22, 2014 There are certainties in this universe and, to cop a phrase from that shaman Donald Rumsfeld, known knowns. Time will accumulate in seconds and minutes and hours. People will be born and people will die. Empires will be built and nations will fall. And The Melvins will release a…

REVIEW: Nonagon – “The Last Hydronaut”

Originally published in Popdose Nov. 19, 2013 It’s hard to write about Nonagon, a Chicago-rooted band whose latest pocket full of cuts and volts is a 12-inch EP titled The Last Hydronaut, without using words like blistering or conjuring up images of what a caged animal sounds like after it’s been poked and prodded, jabbed…

REVIEW: Mylets – “Retcon”

Originally published in Popdose Nov. 16, 2013 “Ampersand” showed such promise. But we can’t all be Ian Williams. Mylets, the one-man-band pseudonym of guitar-texturist Henry Kohen, aspires to attain the heights of Williams’ pedal-frenzied, signature-shifting genius with groups like Don Caballero and Battles. But Mylets’ debut, Retcon, falls short, plain and simple. Back to “Ampersand,”…