I don’t want to get into a whole thing on year-end list culture. About how it’s either a group-think circle jerk or a navel-gazing troll job. About how it’s become more about personal taste than critical analysis. About how there’s too much to listen to and too many people just looking to validate their own […]
OK, in all likelihood this will be the last one of these this year. There will be a TOGTE year-end list of some form—and also FREEWilliamsburg’s top albums which I’ll contribute blurbs to—but this is probably it for semi-poetic waxing on new releases and weekly ticket link dumping until the first week of January or […]
Last one of these suckers before Thanksgiving, so drink it in like cheap Chardonnay and bring some new tunes home to mom. WHAT TO HEAR: Leading the way this week is Let Pain Be Your Guide (Gilead Media), the debut “full-length” from emotive Texas hardcore outfit Portrayal of Guilt. Weaponizing frustration and disillusionment, Let Pain […]
We may be speeding headlong into the groupthink purgatory that is list season, but don’t worry, because there’s still plenty of fresh produce to go around…for now.
The homestretch. The beginning of the end. List season. Hell of earth. Whatever you call it, it’s here. Happy November, folks.
It’s Halloween weekend, and that means there’s more metal records and shows than you can shake a King-Size Kit Kat at. I mostly find myself wishing metal would be more off-brand than on it these days, but today I’m willing to make an exception.
Damn, it’s hard to believe it’s the second to last release week in October, but here we are. Dig in, never let go, and, um, keep holding on to black metal?
I’m still playing metal catch-up after mostly unplugging last weekend. Take one day off this time of year, however, and you miss five AOTY contenders, so let’s get started.
Welcome to the first weekend of fall, folks. I’d tell you to get out the seance candles and inverted crucifixes, both those are year-round decorations around these parts.
We’ve barely touched September, and my inbox is already drowning in new fall releases. A good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless. Let’s get these things covered so I can delete some emails, please.