Grayson Currin

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Q&A: Alcest Frontman Niege on the Band’s New ‘Shelter’ and His Breakup With Black Metal

If bands want to keep their credibility intact, they aren't supposed to discuss intended audiences or obvious influences — or audiences and influences they're willing…
Grayson Currin / January 20, 2014

Death Grips Are Through Being Polite on the Manic, Defiant ‘Government Plates’

Imagine if Death Grips had behaved themselves — if the last 18 months of sensationalist headlines about the livewire trio had never been written. They'd…
Grayson Currin / November 26, 2013

The Necks Bend Space and Time With the Ambient-Jazz Triumph ‘Open’

After nearly a quarter-century of activity and more than a dozen albums, Australian jazz-minimalism-trance-jam trio the Necks toured the United States for the first time…
Grayson Currin / October 30, 2013

Deafheaven, ‘Sunbather’ (Deathwish Inc.)

Sunbather, the second LP from San Francisco black-metal modifiers Deafheaven, sculpts the anxiety, torment, and potential release endemic to their genre into a crafty package…
Grayson Currin / June 11, 2013

Why Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell Won’t Play Any Unleaked Songs

For Jerry Cantrell, talking about the past is beyond old. After all, when his band of a quarter century, Alice in Chains, finally released its…
Grayson Currin / May 23, 2013

Tomahawk, ‘Oddfellows’ (Ipecac)

After going five years without releasing an album, and nine years without playing a show, chimerical rock supergroup Tomahawk (mems. Faith No More, Jesus Lizard,…
Grayson Currin / January 28, 2013

Mirel Wagner, ‘Mirel Wagner’ (Friendly Fire)

If released in 2004, you’d have cared less about Devendra’s beard, more for these ghastly, gorgeous gems.
Grayson Currin / March 29, 2012

Elephant Micah ‘Louder Than Thou’ (Product of Palmyra)

Baited by folk-rock mores, six dense songs of spider-webbed impressions. Often profound, rarely pat.
Grayson Currin / March 26, 2012

Unsane, ‘Wreck’ (Alternative Tentacles)

Veteran arithmetic noise-metal suggests being beaten with a rust-studded leather belt in a warzone... and smiling big.
Grayson Currin / March 22, 2012

Monolake, ‘Ghosts’ (Imbalance Computer Music)

New sonic environs from software pioneer sound dated whether industrial or minimal, urgently creepy or upping noise.
Grayson Currin / March 13, 2012

Howlin Rain, ‘The Russian Wilds’ (American)

If music were math, if records were the sums of their parts, then the fourth album from crazy-eyed California band Howlin Rain would be one…
Grayson Currin / March 13, 2012

Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, ‘Concering the Entrance Into Eternity,’ (Important)

Lutist and filmmaker smolder with ragged glory, poised grace.
Grayson Currin / March 12, 2012

Ólafur Arnalds, ‘Another Happy Day’ (Erased Tapes)

Decidedly pleasant, plainly classical-ambient score asks and answers, "What Would Max Richter Do?"
Grayson Currin / March 7, 2012

Corrosion of Conformity, ‘Corrosion of Conformity’ (Candlelight)

Original trio recapitulates decades of blööz, blahs and mad-stonerpunk with the same.
Grayson Currin / March 6, 2012

Carlos Giffoni, ‘Evidence’ (Mexican Summer)

No Fun founder drops noise for piano themes and beats that steadily swirl into blessed oblivion.
Grayson Currin / February 27, 2012

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