Gordon Lee Weaver proves that even a home-recording artist can reach the same epic heights as some of rock's most adventurous artists. With a flare for theatrical '70s hard rock, his song "Point of View" builds into a flurry of guitar wails but not before dancing through some challenging, lofty prog that would make Queen proud.
When New York's DFA Records came barreling down the hipster pipeline in the early 00's, it seemed as though none of its artists could top founder James Murphy's snotty electro-rock band LCD Soundsystem. But if anything, the Juan Maclean (which is one guy) easily rolls in a close second. This comes as a bit of a surprise because, unlike LCD, TJM's jerky Krautrock-inspired electro gets pretty abstract. The story goes that Murphy, who'd previously produced Maclean as Six Finger Satellite, convinced the rehabilitated and recently relocated artist to make music again after a long bout … Read more
The glacial gloom of contemporary Canadian post-rock, the arty noiseology of the Pixies, the shrill, tenuous revelations of Modest Mouse--all are channeled in this Alberta indie rocker's weary marchers. And if things can get a bit sludgy, or loose around the fringe, consider how far Chad and Co. have come from their start playing "improvised stoner rock."
Hard-edged hip-hop veteran Freddie Foxxx remains one of the most respected and feared self-governing MCs in the game today. He's earned the right to stalk the rap world like a beat cop with a chip on his shoulder. If you step out of line, you'll be assailed by his rugged, street-smart rhymes. A guest appearance by the late Tupac adds extra meatiness to Foxxx's beefy boom-bap raps.