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Mr. Bungle re-form after a 20-year absence and get right back to trolling
I sometimes wonder if Mr. Bungle have been trolling their fans since day one. Their self-titled debut full-length, released in 1991 by Warner Brothers, is a blur of funk, ska, world music, and death metal that flips from Morbid Angel-influenced riffs to zany circus music and back on a dime. Formed by high school friends […]
Unsolicited advice for Riot Fest’s bookers
Riot Fest has its traditions, and it’s hard to hate Andrew W.K. or Gwar—but here are some bands we’d like to see.
Big Business bring it back to beastly basics on The Beast You Are
Los Angeles-based sludge outfit Big Business have taken a lot of forms over their 15 years of existence. Started in Seattle as the dirgey metal duo of Karp bassist Jared Warren and Murder City Devils drummer Coady Willis, Big Business eventually started inviting the occasional guitarist into the mix to beef up their already beefy […]
The Melvins are still throwing us all for a loop, some 35 years since their inception
After 35 years of profound confounding, it’s a wonder the Melvins have any “firsts” and “never done befores” left. But they claim that the brand-new A Walk With Love & Death (Ipecac) is their only double album to date. That’s a little bit misleading, though. Album one, Death, now, that’s a real Melvins record—from the […]
The best live metal of 2016
Metal shows remain a great way to drive hostile occupiers out of your head—whether you prefer the bitter catharsis of False or the galloping rush of Tengger Cavalry.
The Melvins bring extra low end to Metro tonight with Napalm Death and Melt-Banana
The Melvins’ new record features five bass players from throughout the band’s career.
Listen to ‘Honey Bucket,’ classic sludge from the Melvins
A highlight from the sludge-metal pioneers’ 1993 major-label debut.
The power is on: Metropolitan bottles its Generator doppelbock
Even if you’re not planning to fast for Lent, you’ll want to lay up a few six-packs of Metropolitan’s Generator doppelbock.
12 O’Clock Track: An emphatic salute to 90s-era noise rock on Bummer’s “Infinite Witches”
Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is “Infinite Witches” from Kansas City’s Bummer.
Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Ops: Way better than a covert foreign coup
Brooklyn Brewery’s barrel-aged imperial stout, Black Ops, does in fact exist—and the 2012 batch has been sighted in Chicago.
Soundboard: May 26-June 1
Recommended and notable shows, including Melvins, Reading Rainbow, Radian, Anna Calvi, Sloan, Chrissy Murderbot, and more
Early Warnings Roundup
This week’s Early Warnings include Neil Young, My Morning Jacket, Converge, Crystal Stilts, Melvins, ?uestlove, Death Cab for Cutie, and Big Freedia.
This Week in the Reader’s Music Section
Sludge rock, an eco-friendly fest, a punk-rock record fair, and more
The List: June 24-30, 2010
Critics’ Choices and other notable shows: Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Bert Jansch, Omar Souleyman, the Melvins, Woven Bones, Huntsville, and more