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It seemed sort of inevitable that Thurston Moore would press on post-Sonic Youth as he always had, making noisy rock songs, dabbling in more sinister experimental pursuits. Kim Gordon’s next move would be more intriguing. One thing she’s doing is Body/Head, a collaboration with drone guitarist Bill Nace, said to take inspiration from “Syd Barret-era Pink Floyd and filmmaker Catherine Breillat.” (A description that doesn’t exactly clear things up.) Recent live gigs have featured the duo spinning out tangled Jazzmaster improvs while Kim provides extremely blown out vocals to go with her general air of unimpeachable metropolitan cool.
Luis Vasquez makes hand-crafted bad-mood music. He overwhelms Kraut-pop beats with bloody pumps of synth noise, surprising you that it still ends up sounding sorta romantic.
Alt-metal warriors closing in on 10 years of triumphant roar, Torche are one of the key bands who’ve lifted loud, sludgy doom music to greater prominence in independent music circles.
From the ashes of dear-departed LA cult heroes Mika Miko comes Bleached, Jennifer and Jessie Clavin’s latest delivery system for bruised punk songs about love.
Arguably the best band from a teeming Olympia punk scene, Milk Music take the stoned-to-shit vibe of mid-80s SST records and deliver it with the in-the-moment urgency of hardcore.
Margaret Chardiet’s noise debut, Abandon, starts with a startling shriek and continues to disturb from there. Her broken metallic scrapes grind slowly toward the abyss. Live, she gets more confrontational, stalking the floor like she’s looking for her next victim.