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June 2018

Dimmu Borgir – Eonian: Reaching For Betterment Through Lucifer’s Light

To know the Norwegian symphonic black metal masterminds, Dimmu Borgir, in this particular moment as they storm toward the third decade of their blackened existence, one must know the tragic loss that transfigured them after their satantastic 2007 album, In… Continue Reading →

Les Rallizes Dénudés: Hijacked Planes, Vanished Members, and the Red Army Blues

There was an intricate network of thousands of radicalized, trippy bands spread across the globe like an acid-drenched spider web in the ’60s and early ’70s, but none went as far out as Japan’s reclusive noise rock/terrorist organization Les Rallizes… Continue Reading →

The Record Company: Music For Divorcees

“We are the Record Company. We play Rock n Roll.” How do you not want to tune in to listen? Chris Vos’ booming voice and innovative guitar playing and lyrics like “East side thriller killer / Roll bones drop stones raw… Continue Reading →

Everyone Gets Trophies: Why Music Blog Criticism Is Afraid To Criticize

How does an artist survive a bad review? Do they wallow in their misery or do they breathe it all in and come back all the better after taking the criticism to heart? As the still-invincible Doobie Bros once harmonized,… Continue Reading →

Pitchfork Just Can’t Take a Joke Anymore: What do Carl Marx and Ivanka Trump Have To Do With Chromeo?

I don’t know much about Chromeo, but I do know they are a joke. A shtick. Two Canadian EDM dudes playacting as silky, over-the-top, 70s-Euro playboys. I mean, just look at them. No seriously, take a look at that cover… Continue Reading →

Natalie Prass Critical Round-Up and P4K’s Olivia Horn-Penned Op-Ed

Sometimes a good press kit will set up your album for some easy reviews. Maybe this makes the reviewers happier (since their narrative is comfortably preconceived for them) and hopefully it ends up getting your artist a more positive review. But it… Continue Reading →

The Kurt Factor: Jealous Of The Birds & Courtney Barnett

2018 is a proving to be a stellar year for female artists and musicians. I am particularly moved by two of the innovative ladies with stellar records out this year, one whom is an Australian you may know well and… Continue Reading →

7.1? Kanye’s Record Blows But Pitchfork Can’t Admit It

7.1 out of 10. Definitely a passing score, right? It won’t get you Pitchfork’s coveted “Best New Music” or anything but it isn’t a critical lashing. If you’re a lo-fi minimalist electronic artist from Detroit biting your nails in worry… Continue Reading →

Who Did It Better: Mr. Tambourine Man… Dylan or The Byrds

David C.: The first time I heard The Byrds’ cut of “Mr. Tambourine Man” was in a History of Rock class in college, because some of us didn’t have the privilege of being raised on proper music – In fact,… Continue Reading →

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