In 2010, Peter Gabriel shared a theory that many artists have held since time immemorial: "Happy music that is genuinely joyful is probably the hardest music to write." That same year, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard embarked on a journey of building a self-contained universe of demented prog and acid-fried freak-outs. It might be realms apart from "Solsbury Hill" and much of their own catalog, but the dreamy ease of Butterfly 3000 makes the...Read more
Welcome to the jungle, motherfucker In one corner, a zebra. A jaguar, standing majestically in the center of a garden that is lush as fuck. I mean look at all those colors. In the other corner, a parental advisory sticker because this contains rap and bad words. Yup, you've stumbled into the wrong place - it's the Walmart™ music section. Welcome to the jungle, motherfucker. The Walmart music section is one of the worst places I've been in...Read more
Garbage made music for '90 teens on the hunt for mild subversion but wanting sharper hooks than Nine Inch Nails or Smashing Pumpkins proffered. They weren't so much a band as a proposition: Nirvana and Pumpkins producer Butch Vig, together with friends Duke Erickson and Steve Marker, hooked up with Shirley Manson, the keyboardist of Scottish non-starters Angelfish, to record an amalgam of goth, shoegaze, and '60s girl groups, all held together by...Read more
An ember inside? Bodies is AFI's eleventh full-length album and it shows. That's precisely the backhanded compliment that it sounds like: they clearly have their formula down pat after thirty years, which means we get another reliably good album (because AFI is a consistently great band), but it comes with very few surprises. There is arguably nothing on Bodies that we have not witnessed from this outfit before in some capacity, even if some of the...Read more
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You don't need to be a musical genius to become a music critic, but a passion for music and in-depth knowledge of music artistry is essential. We'll have a look at what's involved in becoming a professional, paid music critic.Read More
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