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Review: Elysia Crampton and Friends Throw Trap and New Age Into a Blender on ‘Demon City’

Disorientation is the name of Elysia Crampton’s game. This Virginia-based producer is a genre-fusion wunderkind, and her official and unofficial catalogs are riddled with stretches…
Raymond Cummings / July 18, 2016

Trip Metal Fest: Smoke Machines and Busted Eardrums

As a study in contradictions, the Mexicantown region of Detroit delivers. A lush, sprawling park sits next to rows of vacant brick buildings and lots…
Raymond Cummings / June 8, 2016

Review: Radiohead Gracefully Submerge Into ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’

Radiohead is gonna do Radiohead, sidling ethereally through a confusing, increasingly unstable world as only Radiohead can. So what does that mean? It means that…
Raymond Cummings / May 10, 2016

SPIN Noise Report: Boris and Merzbow Throw Up in Our Mouths

When we affix an "outsider" descriptor to some aspect of culture, we’re really saying that thing is undervalued, underappreciated, or under the radar — and the…
Raymond Cummings / May 9, 2016

Review: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s Ambient Majesty Melts the Ice for Once on ‘Ears’

A core theme threading Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s slowly mushrooming discography is the glory of genesis, of becoming, of flustered incoherence straining towards coherence: Scraps of…
Raymond Cummings / March 28, 2016

Review: Matmos Spin Us Right Round, Baby on ‘Ultimate Care II’

Most people become familiar with washing machines before we can walk or talk: large, square objects equipped with hatches that harness the power of water…
Raymond Cummings / February 16, 2016

Review: Wolf Eyes Will Still Flambé Your Soul on ‘I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces’

From sinister synths to demonic horns to dislocated guitars, melody has always been a factor in Wolf Eyes’ paranoid dystopia, but very rarely the Michigan-based…
Raymond Cummings / October 28, 2015

SPIN Noise/Experimental Report: Methlab Explosion Loosen Bowels, Prurient Scares Your Mom

At the heart of experimental music is an aim toward the aspirational. High-minded tinkerers evoke future utopias for the world of organized sound, offering statements…
Raymond Cummings and Colin Joyce / September 3, 2015

SPIN Noise Report: Eye Scuzz-Rocks Out With Samples, Timeghost Clicks and Whirrs

Anyone bemoaning a dearth of worthwhile albums in noise isn't looking or listening hard enough. Thanks to established imprints, SoundCloud streams, Bandcamp accounts, and more,…
Raymond Cummings / April 3, 2015