REVIEW: Wilt – “Hand Mirror”

Portland’s Taylor Malsey presents listeners with some warbled tunes and an inviting, warm blanket of melancholia on the excellent Wilt debut Hand Mirror, out now on Good Cheer Records. And, though it’s mostly a record for people who like their music with bumps and cracks in it, all in all, it’s pretty enveloping stuff. The…

REVIEW: The Lumes – “Envy”

There’s this moment on Envy – the new six-song EP from Rotterdam’s The Lumes, out soon on Crazysane Records – that you’ve gotta hear. It’s “Discharge,” the third song, and, part of the way through it, the guitar starts scorching and the drums throb with a kind of reckless abandon; after a brief lull, there…

REVIEW: Dead Cross – S/T

Mike Patton has never fronted a band like this. The Faith No More frontman, known by most of the populace alive in the 80s and 90s for a rap-rock song about masturbation (the epic “Epic”), has been at the helm of some pretty aggressive groups. His time in Fantomas and his EP providing vocals for…

REVIEW: Dale Crover – “The Fickle Finger of Fate”

Dale Crover is positively chameleonic – as if any of us would expect anything less – on The Fickle Finger of Fate, his “debut” solo full-length LP, out today on Joyful Noise Recordings. I use the annoying contextual quotes around “debut,” because Crover has been down this road before and we’ve been right alongside. San…

PROFILE: Chuck Mosley (2017 x2)

Call it a purge. Asked recently to perform at a friend’s memorial service, former Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley felt inspired and kicked into songwriting overdrive, churning out 11 compositions in two months. “It was all of a sudden,” Mosley says. “I had to block the faucet because they were coming out faster than…

REVIEW: Alder & Ash – “Clutched In The Maw of the World”

The cello flirts lovingly with you, then roars and lunges forward, bearing its teeth. The composition in question is “A Seat Amongst God and His Children,” the second song and most transfixing moment on Montreal artist Alder & Ash’s sophomore release, the appropriately titled Clutched In The Maw of the World, out July 28 on Lost Tribe Sound. It starts…

REVIEW: IE – “Ark”

Ark, the new two-song, 39-minute opus by IE, takes about nine minutes to get cooking. And, when it does, it generates enough heat that you’ll pardon the wait. The introductory composition in question is “–|,” a long-form drone that gradually shifts the footing on its tone and tune with under-the-surface contributions from what sounds like…

REVIEW: Nice Guys/Black Beach – Split Single

A recent, split 7-inch cataloging the vigor of a Boston micro-scene gets punk right. Nice Guys and Black Beach both grapple for the spotlight and then some on this Burner Records outing, which is streaming in New Noise magazine, and packs six bits of anthemic garage-punk into a run time of about 10 minutes. Songs…

PROFILE: Buzz Osborne (2017)

Buzz Osborne doesn’t give a shit what you think about the new Melvins record. “Some people will be weirded out because it’s not what they expected,” he says. “But, Jesus Christ, after this long, isn’t that what you’ve come to expect?” A Walk With Love and Death, an epic double-album out today on Ipecac Recordings,…

REVIEW: Melvins – “A Walk With Love and Death”

You’ve got to give it to Melvins: these guys keep you on your toes. The trio, now featuring Redd Kross’ Steve McDonald on bass, has a new double-album out today, A Walk With Love and Death, and it is a bizarre and mesmerizing little opus, a collection that is even more disorienting if you’ve been…