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Indie Rock Is Too White; Meanwhile Two Black Dudes Are Behind the Baddest Punk Rock Records of 2015

We, as Americans, have a long, proud history of segregating music. Rock and country are white. Rap, hip-hop, soul, and R'N'B are black. Go further back, and jazz music was off limits to those of fair skin with and over-protective parents. Removing one word, "indie rock," from the history of music segregation will do little to change the musical landscape. No "indie rock" simply means people will need another phrase to describe music outside of the top 40, ideally, something less wordy than, "Underground rock music, and some electronic music, and a metal band or two, and every once in a while something popular like Kanye." Yet, what grates me the most about the whiteness of indie rock think piece in 2015 is that these writers are missing the big picture. On this very day, in the year 2015 of our lord, the two most exciting bands in indie rock/underground rock/punk rock/not top 40 rock, are lead by black men: MC Ride of Death Grips and Lamont "Bim" Thomas of Obnox.
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Watch Me: “Blessed” by KEN Mode

In the spirit of full disclosure, the album cover you see above for KEN Mode's forthcoming Success (6.15 on Seasons of Mist), looks an awful lot like my couch. Shit, I look an awful lot alike the man on the couch. My couch is covered with blankets and pillows and there's a work laptop sitting on my couch this very morning, and there are loose papers scattered on the couch, too. At one point this morning, I was bent over in the fuck my life pose. Better living through technology, yo! I can have a shit day at work from the comfort of my own home and it's only 9:30 in the morning.
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Play Me: “Spit You Out” by Metz

As the old saying goes, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mellow and a time to get stoked."
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The Rockometer: The Powers That B by Death Grips

Death Grips' double album, The Powers That B, features both the best and worst of these Sacramento noise-rap agitators. On the first album, subtitled, Niggas on the Moon, we get principals MC Ride and Zach Hill indulging their worst impulses. I'll be damned if there's a song here, but there's a lot of busted up beats and slobbering spit takes from MC Ride. Believe it or not, Icelandic national treasure, Bjork is on here, too. Unfortunately, her vocals and pitched, cut up and wrecked to the point where she's no more than another source of irritation, perhaps the primary irritation.
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Jam City: New Jams by Lightning Bolt, Blaxxx, Joanna Gruesome and Colleen Green

Six years is an eternity in modern music. In six years, your old fan-base has grown up, moved to the suburbs, and bought a baby-hauling, suburban utility vehicle, or two. It's not like the influential, noise duo, Lightning Bolt, intended such a long delay between albums, either. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Brian Gibson and Brian Chippendale recounted multiple recording sessions that simply fell flat.
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Play Me: “Straight” by A Place to Bury Strangers

After exploding onto the scene in 2007 with one of the loudest and most jarring live shows in the game, the industrial-strength, New York noise band, A Place to Bury Strangers have often struggled to match the intensity of those early days when comparisons to Jesus and Mary Chain hung around the band's neck like the storied albatross, only to be obliterated by a ruckus so severe, the human ear buckled in ecstasy. Or, to put it more succinctly, if you love it loud, you loved A Place to Bury Strangers.
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A Jam Packed Thursday with Thurston Moore, Perfect Pussy, Godflesh, Dark Blue, The Twerps, and King Tuff

The news of a new Thurston Moore album has been out and about on the internet for a little while now. What's gotten fans most excited, is that this new band would include both Debbie George from My Bloody Valentine and ex-Sonic Youth drummer, Steve Shelley, as well as English guitarist, James Sedwards.
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Jam Packed Thursday with Boris, Pharmakon and King Dude

  Now, this is more like it. Ever since Boris' 2008, Smile, the Japanese hard-rock trio have been trying, sometimes successfully, often ...
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