Saturday, September 13, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Josh Graham came into the light by exploring the darkness of humanity. His alchemical, occult-ish visuals earned him full membership into prog-metal fortress Neurosis, though he didn’t play a note with the band. He’s helped boost the stage presence of luminaries like Madonna and Jay Z, and for the past four years, he’s been an integral part of Soundgarden’s comeback. His most recent works are the mesmerizing projections for the Seattle group’s tour with Nine Inch Nails, adding a level of menace to already-guttural favorites like “Fell on Black Days.”
Monday, August 18, 2014
There are plenty of meditative tomes on death and the afterlife. Mortality is undeniably universal, and often artists worry about their legacies. Humans, in their passing, can continue to offer love, guidance and support to those that cared for them… but what about beloved pets? Do our four-legged friends get a cozy place in the hereafter where we can one day reunite and play fetch with the stars?
Friday, August 15, 2014
How low could riffs go in the 1990s? Practically subterranean. And that’s one of the instantly recognizable traits of a classic ’90s Rock song: the incredible bass in your face. Let’s recount the highest of the lows here, with a mix of grunge, funk and power pop for your four-string pleasure.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
clever designs and drinking games, and one of the most impressive displays of devotion is the nail art rising from the high seas of the Internet. These skilled designers of the digits interpret their subjects as cutesy, frightening, gory and bloody brilliant.
Image by @tiffstastefultalons / Instagram
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
With all the economic downsizing that’s happening these days – be it in the housing market or scaling down on music production by embracing DIY recording – nu-grunge guys Godsmack have pulled a contrarian move. The Boston band invested in a 4,000-square-foot warehouse to create their latest work, 1000hp. And the sound is fittingly gargantuan. No lo-fi pansy-ass experimenting here— Sully Erna and his mates have made a bruising album that sounds straight out of Woodstock (’99).
Monday, July 28, 2014
The savviest musicians know that they’re not just presenting their art for the world to ingest; they’re selling a hot-ticket product. The most successful music campaigns are the ones that stand out and stick in people’s memories—for the right reasons. (Robin Thicke’s rebranding as a repentant sad sack is how not to run a winning project.) We chose 10 outstanding bands and artists that have delivered the full package this year: vibrant stage presence, off-kilter merchandise and covetously viral marketing. A little eccentricity went a long way.