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May 2018

Critic Review: New Chvrches Record Is Dead On Arrival But Pitchfork Can’t Admit It

What, you can’t give a bad review to Chvrches? Mayberry and The Two Synth Dudes can’t be that powerful, can they? This band had, what, one surprise hit album maybe five summers ago? Then a less successful one maybe two… Continue Reading →

Watch This! Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s Volunteered Slavery

Rahsaan Roland Kirk was a true jazz character –  A blind multi-instrumentalist, with the unique ability of circular-breathing that allowed him to play endless phrases without coming up for breath.  Politically outspoken with a penchant for theatrical eccentricity, Rahsaan would habitually… Continue Reading →

The Official Most Fucked Up Band Of All Time: Roky Erickson & The Missing Links

If asked to name the most dangerous, depraved, socially maladjusted band of all time, most nerds will inevitably point right to everyone’s favorite ancient-church-torching, bandmate-murdering  gaggle of Norwegian Viking wannabes: Mayhem. Others will mention the black magic dabbling, statutory rape… Continue Reading →

Who Did It Better: Little Wing… Hendrix Or Clapton

Dave D: Reading Dan’s insanely good article on The Layla Curse, I got to thinking on the track Little Wing, incessantly humming between the Hendrix and Clapton versions.  I recall Clapton’s version being on FM radio with pretty regular frequency… Continue Reading →

The Layla Curse: How Eric Clapton’s Masterpiece Is Responsible For Parentacide, Dead Guitar Heroes, Failed Kidneys, Bad Shorts, And Even Disco

You’ve heard the song at least 102,697 times. It’s been blasting from the FM Classic Rock stations at every jobsite you’ve ever walked past. A limp acoustic version haunted your MTV childhood. It’s lush piano outro soundtracked several of the… Continue Reading →

Lord Huron – Vide Noir

People may be wary of or fascinated by a good transformation story, but the best kind of transformation, one that *everyone* should jump up and down about, is the step-by-step process of an artist honing their sound over the course… Continue Reading →

Tarantüla – The Very Best Of Sex And Violence

Tarantüla makes me want to break shit.

Critic Review: Jazz Monroe of Pitchfork on the Arctic Monkeys

It may be hard to imagine now, but there was a time when the pre-Conde’ Nast Pitchfork Media followed its own singular instincts. It was a site that rarely took into account the cultural group-think surrounding a particular record, band,… Continue Reading →

Who Did It Better, Part I – All Along the Watchtower… Dylan or Hendrix

We at the Niche offices figured it was about time we present our first obligatory “Songs you didn’t know were covers (Except that everybody actually does know)” article.    But we’re going to leave the run-up-the-ad-impressions listicle-style article to the… Continue Reading →

‘Tranquility Base Hotel And Casino’ Is Too Good For The Modern World

Of course people don’t like the new Arctic Monkeys record, Tranquility Base Hotel And Casino, unleashed last week to savagely mixed reviews after a nearly five-year absence from that rarest of all modern-day beasts: a superstar rock group. This distinction… Continue Reading →

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