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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye's Boring, Iggy's Disappointed, and Ed Sheeran's a Hobbit

This Week: Kanye's Boring, Iggy's Disappointed, and Ed Sheeran's a Hobbit

If the quotes are anything to go by, this week has been defined by rage, disappointment, loss, boredom, and abject misery. We've got very justifiable anger and frustration from Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga, rants from Corey Slipknot and Buzz…
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Music, Hear This Experiment in Terror

Experiment in Terror

Mike Patton's schizophonic rock quartet Fantômas remains one of the most experimental of his wide-ranging projects. Featuring Melvins riff guru Buzz Osborne on guitar, Mr. Bungle cohort Trevor Dunn on bass, and Slayer's ferocious drummer Dave Lombardo, Fantômas creates explosively…
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Music, Downtuned Apocalypse

Downtuned Apocalypse

"We're really good. People should just trust us," cracks Melvins guitarist/founder Buzz Osborne during a telephone interview with an audible smirk. "We know what we're doing." The average Nickelback fan might have problems with such bold statements — even if…
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Music, Smells Like Leif Garrett

Smells Like Leif Garrett

The Melvins, legendary innovators of brutal intelli-sludge heavy rock, like to challenge their audience as much as their drum heads and amplifier outputs. As vocalist and guitarist Buzz Osborne says, the band's modus operandi is to "screw with people. That's…
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Grope for Merit

Before that pasty altrock stew bubbled over into their arena, it seemed the Melvins could do no wrong. Not because their odd, abbreviated albums were ever perfect, but because they showed perfection (of a style, or at least a shtick)…
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