• Doomsday Metal

    Hey whitey, it's time to get out of Scandinavia! I'm here to bring you all up to speed on the Argentinian black metal scene, with all its bizarre lows and great, dark heights, from the beginning of time up until right now. Long story short, Argentina is a big country with a small…

  • Dawn Of A New Apocalypse

    After ten years of having to suffer difficult-to-listen-to arty screamo bands made up of sensitive guys wearing lampshades on their heads, it seems like hardcore kids are looking back to the straight up power violence/metalcore bands of the early 90s for their inspiration.

  • Do It!

    We’re not doing a whole column on grime music anymore. We’re still going to let you know the important stuff like what hair products Jammer is currently using or Logan Sama’s favourite new wrestling move, but we’re not going to dedicate a whole page to just this. Instead we will…

  • Imaginary Friends

    We saw Alessi’s second ever gig at the end of last year. Heavenly Records had taken over a bar off Oxford Street just before Christmas and we stumbled in all drunk and were like: “Wow! She’sssh amasssshing”. It’s an obvious comparison, but she sounds a lot like Joanna Newsom. A s…

  • Crust Never Sleeps

    Tokyo’s Gallhammer are three hot teenage girls who look cute and play in a band. Big whup, right? Well how about the fact that they play fucked-up crusty punky black metal and are obsessed with Celtic Frost, Hellhammer and Amebix?

  • Records

    Part Two: The Endless Not

    Back when Throbbing Gristle coined the term "industrial music" it didn't mean stupid mid-American sociopaths squeezing into tight fetish gear

  • Glossin'

    Minus the bamboo earrings, Lil Mama is the around-the-way girl LL always dreamed of. This 16-year-old shorty woke up one morning, skipped class, and wrote a rap about her lip gloss. The result is a massive hit packed with references to high school lockers, L’Oreal brushes, and Ma…

  • Swell O'dells

    I’ve known my little sister Kathy her whole life, and as far I can remember she never expressed any interest in playing music or being in a band. Then suddenly she’s all, “I’m in a noise band called Lambsbread and I’m dropping out of college to tour! We play all these gigs and pe…

  • Practice Space


    Goofing off, eating shrooms, and donating his services to music-industry science.

  • Soft Focus

    Andrew W.K.

    Andrew W.K. on composing his unique brand of non-judgmental music. In this edition of Soft Focus Ian sits down with Andrew WK and they discuss AWK’s transition from twiddling knobs in obscurity to producing the most accessible music ever know…

  • Practice Space

    The Bronx

    Pissing your pants because you forgot to pull them down is just the way these guys roll.

  • Music World

    Ranferi and His Band of Boys

    Mexican telenovela legend Raferi Negrette's boy band sings, dances, cleans, cooks and tends to his every need.

  • Soft Focus

    Chan Marshall

    Cat Power’s Chan Marshall gets loose with Ian.

  • VICE Meets

    Nick Cave

    And Jim Sclavunos on the birth of Grinderman.