What is the functional value of experimental poetry? In Vi Khi Nao’s The Old Philosopher, it is, like Cubism, the ability to see many angles from the same side. Jenna Le reviews.
The mysterious aesthetic of cult underground hip-hop icon Lil Ugly Mane shares as much with crust punk and black metal as it does rap. Grant Maierhofer digs deep into L.U.M.’s lineage as an anti-cultural web phenomenon.
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A moving new documentary, recently banned in Australia, follows the lives of children of same-sex parents. Kimberly King Parsons reviews.
Scott Creney back with a new month’s roundup of music loves and hates, including new work by Heron Oblivion, Kendrick Lamar, The Body, and much more.
Jeff Jackson returns with a deep dive into mind benders that deserve a place in your home. This edition tackles American avant-garde, a surreal graphic novel, and portals into alternate worlds as art.
Parquet Courts don’t disappoint on the hype built from their debut album, as their sophomore effort Human Performance extends their at once familiar and fresh Warholian aesthetic to find their best sounds yet. Reynard Seifert reviews.
Cheer Up, Femme Fatale combines three major works by one of Korea’s poetic superstars. Megan Milks reviews.
Angel Dominguez reviews Farther Traveler by Ronaldo V. Wilson: “You read Ronaldo V. Wilson’s Farther Traveler, and your life has to change.”
On their latest album, Bottomless Pit, Death Grips prove again why they are vital listening in an era of hyper-marketed sounds. Benoit Lelièvre reviews.
Scott Creney’s a parent to a small child and still listens to more music than most of us. His roundup of the highlights and lowlights of last month’s releases includes new sounds by Santigold, DIIV, Porches, Teen, and more.