Saturday, September 13, 2014

10 Best New TV Show Openings and Logos

The small screen just keeps getting more cinematic, with huge stars like Halle Berry switching their allegiance from blockbusters to binge-worthy episodics. The prestige doesn’t stop with the marquee casts— this season’s crop of new TV shows opens with some magnificent and iconic imagery. We’re batty for the intros to Gotham, How To Get Away with Murder and these eight other visual stunners, presented in alphabetical order.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Sound(garden) and the Fury of Creative Director Josh Graham

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

Album Review - Orenda Fink, 'Blue Dream'

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

Slappin' da Bass - The Top 10 Bass Lines in '90s Rock

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

Jaws on Your Claws - The Best Shark Week Nail Art

It’s the only instance where jumping the shark is a positive thing: the Discovery Channel’s 25th annual week of celebrating the toothy terrors is in full effect. Fans show their excitement for the sharky extravaganza via 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

Album Review - Godsmack, '1000hp'


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

10 of the Best-Branded Bands and Musicians

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.