You'd be hard pressed to find a band more connected to their world (politically engaged, pop culture savvy, reverence for the past) and less connected to the musical zeitgeist (a rap/rock hybrid in 2007?) than Hed p.e. Credit p.e., then, for sticking with nu-metal far past its sell-by date: Insomnia is their finest release in many years. Reportedly, the album is based around the loose concept of taking the listener on a journey of self-discovery about the state of the world. While that may sound like every Hed p.e. record, it pays huge dividends whether they're talking about globalization in "Tienanman Squared," bemoaning a lack of intellectual curiosity in "Walk On By" or connecting the dots between past and present on their cover of Buffalo's Sprinfield's "For What It's Worth" ("Children").
By Peter Shapiro on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Mondo Generator is comprised of former Kyuss, Dwarves and Queens of the Stone Age bassist/madman Nick Oliveri plus whoever can keep up with him this month. As part of QOTSA, Oliveri was the bacchanalian hot rod trickster...
By Amelia Raitt on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The name sounds like bluegrass, but the music is pure hip-hop: Kottonmouth Kings deliver another batch of red-eyed, mind-warping beats. This is far from street-level — it's more like dorm-level: odes to beer an...
By Louis Pattison on 02.26.15 in Features
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