Boris Starts From Scratch

When Boris played One Eyed Jacks recently, there were moments when the Japanese noise-rock trio sounded as though it had scrapped the entire history of recorded music and created an entirely original form of organized sound. Boris has always lived on the fringe, especially in its native Tokyo, where the band were the first to truly explore harsh noise inspired by the likes of Melvins and Earth in the early ‘90s.

The Melvins Induce Whiplash and Hearing Loss

Thrashing drums, thumping bass, crazy eyes, bubble-bath hair. The Melvins surely lived up to their reputation Wednesday night at One Eyed Jacks. Although they released their first album in the late '80s, The Melvins charisma and innovated sound has not rusted in the slightest. The performance was energized and raw, selling out the small venue to a generationally diverse crowd clad in band T-shirts and black jeans.

Day For Night Powers Through, Rain Or Shine

When you think of a music festival in 2016, an abandoned post office doesn’t generally come to mind, so when I learned that Houston’s second annual Day for Night festival would be held at the old Barbara Jordan Post Office building, I was intrigued. A quick perusal of the festival’s website offered a little more insight into the unusual location choice.

Voodoo News: A Long Last Look at a Shortened Voodoo

It was a shame to have Voodoo 2015 come to an early end with Sunday lost to rain and mud, but judging by the photos organizers posted on Facebook, the grounds were at least miserable if not dangerous. And, it’s hard to imagine who made the long, slow, precarious slog out through ankle-deep damp mud at the end of the night Saturday and didn’t ask themselves if anyone was worth another day of that.

The Sound of Smoking

When Jimmy Anselmo wanted a liquor license so that the new owners could open Jimmy’s Music Club, they had to sign a good neighbor agreement that was designed to minimize noise. “The club's patio, which must close earlier than the rest of the club, cannot have speakers, and alcohol cannot be served on the patio,” Keith Spera reported in The Times-Picayune.

Last Night: Mogwai Threatens Organ Integrity

[Updated] Most every Mogwai song follows the same formula. An understated basic-chord harmony builds up into a sweeping, cosmic crescendo of instrumentation and sound. There are not a lot of change-ups, and speed-shifts usually occur just once, in the middle, facilitating the inevitable explosion-of-sound. The repetition is such that when listened to on a stereo or laptop, the instrumentals are subdued, almost ambient.

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