Hometown: Sacramento, CA Why they matter: Frontman Lee Spielman channels infamous punk hellraiser G.G. Allin, while drums, electric guitar, and bass thrash through a riotous combination of West Coast punk and hardcore. You should know: Talk about perfect pairings: The title track of Trash Talk's East of Eden EP (out now) features vocals from Black Flag and Circle Jerks co-founder Keith Morris.
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »