Lightning Bolt emerge from tightly knit scene

Feb 29, 2004

Lightning Bolt emerge from tightly knit scene

Avant-garde hardcore duo Lightning Bolt may be the heaviest thing ever to come out of Rhode Island. Technically precise, unwaveringly experimental and deafeningly loud, their shows are known for blowing the minds (and eardrums) of headbangers and jazzbos alike. Drummer Brian Chippendale speaks via ...

Harper pushing himself to a higher plane

Feb 15, 2004

Harper pushing himself to a higher plane

Ben Harper just had a great week. First, the singer/songwriter and master of the acoustic slide guitar spoke with Andre 3000 of hip-hop heroes OutKast about going into the studio together. A few days later, guitar legend Ry Cooder called about collaborating. Then blues ...

Savath & Savalas: 'Apropa't'

Feb 1, 2004

Savath & Savalas: "Apropa't"

In the spring of 2002, Scott Herren — known best for avant-garde hip-hop under the moniker Prefuse 73 — decided to put his beats in storage and move to Spain. There he met Eva Puyuelo Muns, a singer/songwriter with tastes in traditional Latin music ...

Bob Log III

Jan 25, 2004

Bob Log III

He may never show his face, but Bob Log III is by no means shy. With his head concealed by a motorcycle helmet hooked to a telephone receiver and his gut squeezed into a low-cut, blue spandex jumpsuit, Log looks more like Evel Knievel ...

Faye Wong: 'It's My Style'

Dec 21, 2003

Faye Wong: "It's My Style"

Fans of the Far East’s most creative siren, Faye Wong, should know her latest album, “It’s My Style,” is worth the three-year wait. Due to a poetic reference to opium, the opener (and best track), “To Love,” was banned in China. That means most ...

Organic Groove

Dec 7, 2003

Organic Groove

Fans of experimental electronic music will get an earful this coming Saturday at the latest all-night show thrown by the popular Organic Groove productions. Manning the PA system will be Britain’s Chris Clark, whose gothic, melodic glitch-inflected techno burrows deep into the brain, thanks ...

Listening post: Live

| Nov 16, 2003

Listening post: Live

No doubt about it — Robert Randolph has seen the light. Twice, actually. First came light of “the Way and the Truth” variety in the House of God Pentecostal Church in Orange, N.J., where he accompanied his parents’ sermons on a pedal-steel guitar. Then ...

Mutated beats for postmod grooving

Jul 20, 2003

Mutated beats for postmod grooving

Scott Herren is many things to many people. To some, he is Delarosa & Asora, the purveyor of jagged, techno dissonance. To others, he is Savath & Savalas, a mutating musical project that navigates electronica, postrock and Spanish folk with equal ease. At the ...

Fuji's hipper hop

Jul 16, 2003

Fuji's hipper hop

Despite its immense popularity in Japan, hip-hop has until recently suffered from poor representation at summer music events. The Fuji Rock Festival seems keen to make up for lost time this year, augmenting the usual legion of club-oriented DJs with a veritable roll call ...