Deftones: ‘Ohms’ Is a Return To Form

Deftones are releasing their 9th album, Ohms, on September 25th via Reprise Records. The first single shares a name with the record, and it sounds like the metal band I became fascinated with in the 90s. They’re the masters of mood metal- a genre I might have just created- anchored by Chino Moreno’s perfect snarl…

Nas Delivers On ‘King’s Disease‘

The knock on Nas has always been his beat selection. No one has questioned his pedigree as a premier MC for nearly 30 years- but some of the scattered beats from album to album have left listeners baffled. A lack of cohesion works for some rappers- and it’s certainly worked in part for Nas- as…

The Art of Storytelling

The mighty mix tape was such a major part of my youth. Remember collecting your favorite songs, sequencing them just right, sharing them with your people? It was vital. It became a language for communicating all the feels.  Now, Spotify playlists have become a staple around my house- putting the power of a great mix…

The Strokes: The New Abnormal

The Strokes aren’t supposed to be here in this age of isolation. We’ve got five records of triumphs and dumpster fires to revisit when we need a fix of their snotty, Manhattan manufacturing. They’ve given us plenty of punkish, standardized noise for afternoons of restlessly scrubbing the floors or kitchen counters- because that’s what the…

Childish Gambino: 3.15.20

I supposed it’s too early to call Donald Glover’s 3.15.20 the album of the year- so let’s instead call it the best and most complete record of his career. He’s a mysterious dude, so if this is his last “Childish Gambino” record- so be it. It’s a beaut. There’s a gorgeous balance of world reflection…

Wet Dirt: CRIMEAPPLE x DJ Skizz

CRIMEAPPLE rocks over the type of production rap nerds have been creaming themselves over the past few years. The sounds are haunting, unwelcoming (think Alchemist, Daringer, Marco Polo)- in other words nothing close to the radio/charts- and for that we’re thankful. But where contemporaries like Roc Marciano and Westside Gunn have a stash box full…

New Single: Pearl Jam- Dance Of The Clairvoyants

Pearl Jam- your uncles favorite grunge band- has rarely taken the wild risk. They’ve played it mostly safe while navigating the cluttered rock and roll landscape for the past 30 years. Imagine the surprise when this new gem, “Dance Of The Clairvoyants” popped up on my radar this morning. Eddie’s been studying. Eddie’s been watching….

Slaine-One Day (2019)

Boston’s Slaine is a rugged mainstay in my headphones. I’m sitting at my desk right now playing his newest record, One Day, imagining how different my life would have been, had I been born and raised in South Boston- especially if I lugged around the same temperament that I did for 25 years in upstate…