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Mission accomplished

After 13 years, singer/guitarist Aaron Turner and the band (all New England kids except Ohio native Meyer) have announced that they're packing it in.
Isis call it quits with a last-hurrah tour
By MATT PARISH  |  June 18, 2010

Dark matter

To paraphrase some wisdom from Jake "The Snake" Roberts, if a man has power, he never has to raise his voice. Jake was explaining why, unlike his adversaries, he didn't keep screaming gibberish. But it's a universal truth.
Soulsavers keep it eerie on the ears
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  September 18, 2009

Zu | Carboniferous

Zu — an instrumental outfit formed in Rome in 1999 — were destined to be on Mike Patton's Ipecac label.
Ipecac (2009)
By MATT PARISH  |  February 09, 2009

Tanya Tagaq

Though rough and inarticulate, the visceral, glottal sounds that Tagaq generates impart meaning and emotion.
Auk/Blood | Ipecac
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  September 10, 2008

Portland scene report: June 13, 2008

As you get excited for the new Jerks of Grass album, be on the lookout for Joe Walsh.

Working girls

Northern State’s YouTube video for “Better Already” is a thing of low-budget beauty.
Northern State keep their raps real
By IAN SANDS  |  August 14, 2007


Heart of darkness

Jackie Estacado’s 21st birthday turns out to be a nightmare.
A hitman battles the enemy within in The Darkness
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 10, 2007

Kool Koala weekend

On Kid Koala’s new album we hear a sample of the Kid’s mom speaking to her favorite son.
SPACE hosts the weird worlds of hip-hop
By IAN PAIGE  |  April 18, 2007

Homegrown drone

Aaron Turner, frontman of the formerly Boston-based art-metal act Isis, is not easily swayed by the idea that nurture affects a developing entity more than nature. Isis, "Dulcinea" (mp3)
Isis thrive out on the West Coast
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 13, 2007

Noise in the ’hood

Listening to Dälek (pronounced DIE-a-leck) is a visceral experience for even the most prepared listener.
The experimental hip-hop of Dälek
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  February 21, 2007

On the racks: October 31, 2006

Plus Lady Sovereign, Isis, and Flavor Flav.
The Who, Deftones, Meatloaf
By MATT ASHARE  |  November 02, 2006


Sexy's back

Club gigs by superstars are inherently contrived, exclusionary, economically unsustainable. They also feel more human because they are more human. Duh.
Justin Timberlake, Avalon, August 26, 2006
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  August 29, 2006

Peeping Tom

Sure, there’s a low-grade shock factor in Norah Jones’s crooning the word “motherfucker.” Peeping Tom, “Mojo”
Peeping Tom | Ipecac
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  July 18, 2006

On the Racks: May 30, 2006

Plus, Jamie Lidell and Herbert get in the mix.
Sophie Barker, Les Claypool, and Peeping Tom  
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 31, 2006

Hearing it out

Here are some releases that I’ve been meaning to get to. There’s no time like now.
The Goners, Anomalous, and more
By BOB GULLA  |  May 10, 2006


Atlanta rapper T.I. pushed 500,000 King units the first week, but I don’t think his pro forma rags-or-riches movie debut ATL or America’s boner for all things Southern deserve the credit.
King | Grand Hustle/Atlantic  
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  April 20, 2006