• Portal, 'Vexovoid' (Profound Lore)

    On the surface, Australian extreme-metal weirdos Portal look like a band cut from the same swath as Slipknot, Ghost B.C., and GWAR: a quintet of thirtysomething headbangers likely too ugly to compete with younger, better-looking heshers, so they dipped into the cabinet of Dr. Caligari to concoct an expressionistic, Bosch-esque visage to complement their hellacious hellfire. They dress in vintage 1920s couture evocative of popular metalhead literary hero H.P. Lovecraft, heightening the effect by donning executioners' masks, except in the case of vocalist/vomitist the Curator, who prefers either a wide-brimmed wizard's cap or, even stranger, the top of a grandfather clock.

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    Hear Ill Bill's Boom-Bap Tribute to Exodus Singer Paul Baloff

    After more than a decade in the game, fire-tongued Brooklyn cult rapper Ill Bill is returning with his most ambitious album to date, The Grimy Awards (due February 26 via his own Uncle Howie). "The album is me paying tribute to things that inspired me throughout my life," Bill says in a Toronto hotel room, shortly before a gig. Fans of '90s hip-hop will see those influences plain as day in the album's boast-worthy lineup of boom-bap legends from the stage (Cormega, OC, Lil Fame of M.O.P., Q-Unique of the Arsonists) and behind the boards (Pete Rock, Large Professor, Muggs, El-P, DJ Premier) alike.

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    Stream Puscifer's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'-Covering 'Donkey Punch the Night' EP

    Whether it's real life or just fantasy, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" now rests in the twisted hands of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, who has just recorded an earnest and mostly faithful rendition with his avant-shock group Puscifer. The track appears on the group's latest EP, Donkey Punch the Night (out February 19), alongside two originals, some remixes, and a riotous interpretation of German heavy metallers Accept's classic foot-stomper "Balls to the Wall." It's a short release that ties into Keenan's philosophy of putting out Puscifer music only when he feels like it, something he began doing since 2007 with the release of the group's "V" Is for Vagina."The idea of focusing on 15 tracks is daunting," the singer tells SPIN from his Arizona vineyard, on a break from working on his latest batch of wine. "It's a lot of easier to focus on two ideas.

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    LMFAO's Redfoo on Going Solo, Being Despised, and Britney Sex Jokes

    For six years, the colossally coiffed and brightly clothed human Muppet known as Redfoo stood side-by-side with his flashy foil SkyBlu as dance-pop memes LMFAO. Then last September, the "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy and I Know It" stars went on hiatus. Now Redfoo, born Stefan Gordy (he's the son of Motown Records founder Berry), is working on a solo album, due later this year, which he's heralded with the typically hedonistic single "Bring Out the Bottles." He sounded clear-headed though, when we rang him at his hotel in Melbourne, the city where his rumored girlfriend, top-ranked tennis star Victoria Azarenka, was slugging her way towards an Australian Open title. Even at 8:30 a.m. local time, Redfoo, 37, gamely returned our conversational volleys.A lot of people seemed pretty excited when it looked like LMFAO might be breaking up.

  • You know, like the Frank Ocean song? / Photo by Myriam Santos

    Bad Religion, 'True North' (Epitaph)

    On "Fuck You," the latest radio-unfriendly riposte from melodic punks Bad Religion, frontman Greg Graffin juxtaposes the basest phrase in English with a reference to Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov. For a singer who's made a career of marrying lowbrow impulses to highbrow elocutions — Graffin holds a doctorate in zoology, after all — it's his starkest association to date, and its boldness makes for an energizing new chapter in punk's best academic-wolves-in-sheep's-clothing story. Joey Ramone, God rest his soul, likely never envisioned punk this erudite.Ever since Bad Religion formed in 1979 as a quartet of fresh-faced SoCal teens, their punk savagery and merry melodies have belied their intellect. While pop-punk peers in the Descendents whined about their parents, and Social Distortion sang about love in another state of mind, Graffin & Co.

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    Trinidad James Reveals Where He Got That Puppy, Why Love is Overrated

    When puppy-wielding, leopard-skin print wearing MC Trinidad James rode a Midas-touched bicycle to YouTube success last October with his insanely over-the-top "All Gold Everything" video, he'd been rapping professionally only about six months. Despite his starter status, his subsequent mixtape, the garish Don't Be S.A.F.E. (Sensitive as Fuck Everyday) was enough to keep folks curious. By the end of 2012, the 25-year-old had signed a reported multimillion-dollar contract with Def Jam. When SPIN caught up with the Trinidad-born rapper, who was traveling home to Atlanta after a string of gigs in North Carolina, he said he was just beginning to put together ideas for his major-label debut, which may or may not come out this year. But about that dog…Where'd you get the puppy you're carrying around in the "All Gold Everything" video?

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    'Django Unchained' and Its Riotous Press Conference By the Numbers

    Ever since director-writer-auteur Quentin Tarantino made his first splatter in Hollywood with the bloody 1992 heist flick Reservoir Dogs, he has defined himself by uniting bleak humor, bloody horror, and B-movie badassery. He stays his course in his latest film, the ultra-violent Django Unchained — a Western set in the pre-Civil War South about a freed slave named Django, played by Jamie Foxx, who gets revenge on some heinous plantation owners who use the N-word more than prepositions.The film, which opens December 25 and derives its name with a brutal 1966 spaghetti western called Django, costars Christoph Waltz, who won an Oscar for his role in Tarantino's 2009 Nazi-slaying epic Inglourious Basterds, as a German dentist-turned-bounty hunter and mentor for Django. "How do you like the bounty-hunting business?" Waltz's character asks. Django replies, "Kill white folks, and they pay you?

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    Huw Lloyd-Langton, Hawkwind Guitarist, Dead at 61

    Hawkwind guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton died Thursday at the age of 61 following a two-year battle with cancer.Born Richard Huw Lloyd-Langton in 1951 to the owners of a chemist's shop, he taught himself to play guitar, and in 1969, after meeting Hawkwind vocalist-guitarist-keyboardist Dave Brock, he eventually replaced founding guitarist Mick Slattery. On the group's 1970 self-titled debut, Lloyd-Langton and his bandmates pioneered the drug-fueled, heavy psychedelic-rock style known as space rock, which they built from echoey cymbals, Brock's lofty vocals, and heaping doses of Lloyd-Langton's bluesy, through-the-looking-glass solos, best heard on "Mirror of Illusion" and the tribal rhythms of "Be Yourself."These expansive moments came from an authentic place, as the guitarist began experimenting with LSD shortly after joining the group.

  • Bad Brains / Photo by Frank Ockenfels III

    Hardcore Mettle: Bad Brains' Strange Survival Tale

    It's a cool November day as Bad Brains frontman HR descends the front steps of his brownstone apartment in the collegiate Baltimore neighborhood of Charles Village, which abuts Johns Hopkins University. The area is lined with trees still bearing yellow and orange leaves, but here to challenge the mundanity of this otherwise average fall day is one of hardcore punk's most perplexing enigmas, a man who once leapt from a stage onto a young Henry Rollins, inspiring him to become a singer; a man who once smoked weed with a teenaged Brooke Shields; and a man whose chameleonic vocal delivery proved that punk frontmen could be more than just screamers.Today, this man, whom the government knows as 56-year-old Paul Hudson, is as mild as the breeze.

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    Neurosis Reveal Inspirations Behind 'Honor Found in Decay' (and Their Full 30-Year Career)

    The way the frontmen of psychedelic metal heavyweights Neurosis tell it, making records is a mercurial process. There may have been a five-year gap between their last album, Given to the Rising, and the aurally nuanced monsterpiece that is their tenth LP, Honor Found in Decay, but some of the new songs had their genesis in the mid-2000s.It's a similar situation when Neurosis vocalist-guitarists Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till reveal their influences, many dating back to the group's early days as hardcore shit-kickers in the late '80s, and still informing them today. "We were teenagers when we started," Kelly says. "We weren't thinking about it then, but the bands who influenced us were leaders and not followers. They didn't give a fuck about what people thought.

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