Review: Rob Ford Explorer – S/T

Just wow. The new self-titled LP from Reno’s Rob Ford Explorer, out earlier this month, is a potent gem, a heady amalgamation of jazz fluidity and math-rock specificity, and a roar-from-the-rooftops collection on par with some of the best you’d hear from similar outfits like Hella or American Don-era Don Caballero. This pair is the…

Review: Counterweight – S/T

Compositions like the enigmatic “Time Is A Sphere,” with its marriage of modern jazz and math-rock, are enticing stuff but, ultimately, Counterweight’s new, self-titled record, out today on Wide Hive, is full of more gratuity than sound structure. And that leaves it wanting. On tracks like “Ellipsis” or, even moreso, the opener “Hum,” the band,…

REVIEW: BATTLES – La Di Da Di

It’s been a handful of weeks since Warp Records released BATTLES’ La Di Da Di, the experimental outfit’s third full-length LP proper, and we should all still be shouting from the tenement rooftops about it. It’s that kind of record – part demented dance mash-up, part math-rock/post-rock opus, part Slick Rick-dropping, year-defining mythos – and it…

REVIEW: Zu – “Cortar Todo”

Want a quick hit summary on an interesting record? Zu’s Cortar Todo, out now on Mr. Mike Patton’s Ipecac Records, is a mind-bending mélange of metal, grindcore, math-rock and no-wave. Boom: there’s the two cents. Wait: no. Take two! Cortar Todo, out now on Ipecac, feels inconsistent in spots but it also is blessed with a…