I’ve Heard It: Destroyer – Sky’s Grey

  Welp. This one came out of nowhere. A bit of background: I cherish all Destroyer. Sky's Grey isn't going to change that. It's basically an instant classic. In some ways this feels like a perfect distillation...

Don’t Sleep On It: Black Lips – Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?

It's been 10 years since most of us even heard about Black Lips. Their 2007 album Good Bad Not Evil had some great singles on it. As a rock album, it did its job and that's...

I’ve Heard It: Hell – Machitikos

August, that time of year synonymous with sun, sea, warm evenings, relaxed attitudes, cold beer, barbecues, holidays, happiness, and DOOM!!! Hell have kindly obliged us on the last point and are about to drop a new...

I’ve Heard It: Couch Slut – Contempt

Yikes bikes. I hadn't heard the first album from noise-rock beasts Couch Slut so this second album, Contempt, caught me a wee bit-off guard. Lead singer Megan Osztrosits is a terror who is able to cut...

I’ve Heard It: Sheer Mag – Need To Feel Your Love

Music journalists and fans have been throwing around the cynical "Rock is dead!" narrative for years, but at this point it's a lazy narrative. Sure, listen to contemporary rock radio for 10 minutes and you'll want...

I’ve Heard It: False – Hunger

When I think of think of black metal, I think of the woods. I think of endless landscapes of trees reaching out beyond the horizon. I think of snow tipped pines in the twilight with the...

I’ve Heard It: B Boys – Dada

  Look, people, musical writing is not my strong suit. This is rock, this is punk, this is post-punk. You know this, and more importantly, you love this. Some moments and aspects I enjoy from this album: • The charging...

I’ve Heard It: Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

At a posh L.A. mansion -- one of those with giant-ass windows, tacky celebrity memorabilia, and a shit-load of fountains -- Calvin Harris invited a posse of A-listers for a lazy weekend of weed and light...

I’ve Heard It: Algiers – The Underside of Power

In 1937, school teacher and poet Abel Meeropol penned “Strange Fruit”. The poem was written as a reaction to the Southern states' African American targeting lynch mobs. Two years later “Strange Fruit” was committed to record...

I’ve Heard It: Valerie June- The Order of Time

  I flipped upon Valerie June’s 2014 set of Austin City Limits in a shabby hotel room off highway 101. The episode rose goosebumps on par with, Grammy winner, Esperanza Spalding’s power-house performance years before. I was hooked. A...