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…

REVIEW: The Greatest Hoax – “Expiration Compositions”

Expiration Compositions – the sophomore outing by composer Taylor Jordan, a.k.a. The Greatest Hoax – is a perfectly okay record. The synth work is nuanced and studied and, for the most part, admirable, though I’m unsure if it lives up to its High Art premise about scoring the art of dying. And cellist Mark Bridges,…

REVIEW: Dispatch – “America, Location 12”

Precisely what city or small town or hidden, leafy enclave is mapped in America, Location 12, the recently released sixth LP from indie darlings Dispatch? It’s hard to say for sure, but the album – out now on Bomber/Universal and the group’s first since 2012’s Circles Around The Sun – is an eclectic and wonderful…