From Satan's ridiculous riffs to Katie Gately's chutes-and-ladders computer music, Lars Gotrich brings a wide range of heavy, loud, out-there sounds to bury 2013 once and for all.
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Have a Nice Life's "Defenestration Song" is a pitch-black post-punk party-starter for the gloomy. It's from the forthcoming The Unnatural World, the duo's first album in six years.
From faithful solo sets to Television-indebted deconstructions, 2013 has been a renaissance to the fingerstyle guitar. And more so than any year, American Primitive ain't just for loners anymore.
With acoustic guitar in hand and a voice like browned butter, Walker swings and sways throughout a lush string-and-piano arrangement of "The West Wind."
There's something blurrily manic about cable television at 3 in the morning. The production team behind the "Wojtek" video has been there, as zombies eat ninjas in a celebrity chef's kitchen and, well, it'd be a shame to spoil it for you.
World War IV features what's become James Jackson Toth's own Crazy Horse: a crew of Birmingham, Ala., musicians who lock in like a hound around the neck of a boar. It's all gnarly and distorted and downtrodden, big-men-with-big-feelings kind of stuff.
The San Francisco gutter mutants spew psychedelic noise and plastered punk in their new video. CCR Headcleaner features former members of like-minded bands The Hospitals and Long Legged Woman.
The body-rattling stoner-metal band hides rhythmic tricks under distortion and double guitar solos.
The Salt Lake City doom-metal band SubRosa isn't out to reinvent the stone wheel, but it does offer a unique perspective by looking back to America's melancholic folk roots for something darker and more soulful.
Listening to High Aura'd, it's apparent that creator John Kolodij hears life with great clarity. Fittingly, director Kenneth Linehan's 16mm-shot video for "Remain in Light" documents the oft-unseen moments of snails in beautiful detail.