Andy O'Connor

music-op-eds

Deafheaven Is the Artist of the Decade

The black metal crossover band sounds the way life in the 2010s felt: filled with turmoil, but interspersed with moments of beauty.
Andy O'Connor
11.15.19
Opinion

A Definitive Ranking of Almost Every Flavor of Mountain Dew

I did the Dew in 24 different incarnations to bring you this comprehensive guide to its many nuances.
Andy O'Connor
5.7.19
The 2017 Music Issue

In Austin, Country Dancing Isn't Corny Anymore

The city's honky tonk resurgence is two-stepping into the future, with a twist.
Andy O'Connor
11.8.17
sxsw 2016

Newsflash: SXSW’s Metal Presence Is Still Pretty Goddamn Pathetic

Barring MDF putting on a miniature edition at SXSW, it might be time to say goodbye to any hopes of the festival getting metal right.
Andy O'Connor
3.24.16
Festivals 2015

good kid, g.l.A.A.s.s. city: A Weekend at Houston's Inaugural Day for Night Festival

We spent the weekend at the festival tasked with making Houston—the fourth largest city in the country—a festival destination in Texas that isn't Austin.
Andy O'Connor
12.23.15
SXSW 2015

Pack Up Your Pentagrams and Sit This One Out: Metal And SXSW Are Officially Over Each Other

SXSW booked barely any metal this year, and metal fans have less use for the festival than ever.
Andy O'Connor
3.25.15
Premieres

Let Black Pussy Show You Their 'Magic Mustache' in Full

Yes... that name. But still, stream the new stoner rock LP in full now, out via Made in China Records.
Andy O'Connor
2.17.15
Premieres

Hey Softies, Theories Are Here to Put Your Sub-Par Deathgrind Attack to "Shame"

Get crushed by the new track from the also members of Skarp and Samothrace.
Andy O'Connor
2.12.15
Premieres

Check Out His Electro Blue Voice and "Tartlas" So You Aren't Totally Left Out

Noisy, droning Italian post-punk greatness streaming now before everyone else figures it out
Andy O'Connor
1.26.15
Interviews

Listen to the Final Track From Burial Hex's Swansong While Clay Ruby Talks About Death and "Romantic Death Metal"

Clay Ruby discusses the death of Burial Hex; stream one of its final moments
Andy O'Connor
11.19.14
Premieres

American Sound Exactly Like Bruce Springsteen (If He Started Listening Only to Noise and Black Metal Tapes)

Check out the new track from 'Coping with Loss' below!
Andy O'Connor
7.30.14
New music

Prepare to be Swallowed by the Finnish Band's Destructive Death Doom On A New Track

Check out "Arterial Mists of Doom" from 'Lunerarterial,' due on Dark Descent and evil as fuck.
Andy O'Connor
7.30.14
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