Articles by Kurt Orzeck

Buff Monster: Tickled Pink

Once a billboard graffiti artist, Buff Monster has gotten a little bit more entrepreneurial in his recent endeavors—and is the sweetest new addition to a New York City scene in need of some fresh color.

Mogwai, “Every Country’s Sun”

When Mogwai embrace their raucous side on their latest LP, they come across as more liberated than ever.

Rory Scovel Is Teed Off

Not really. But the South Carolina comic does set his sights on our new reality in his new special, Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up for the First Time.

Helium, “Ends With And”

“Ends With And” replenishes the coffers of completists whose cassette collections have crumbled and provides a wide-ranging primer for curious newcomers.

Omar Souleyman, “To Syria, with Love”

At its core, “To Syria, with Love” is not a celebration of a love that exists in the present but rather a painful longing for a love that he wants back.

!!!, “Shake the Shudder”

The road goes on forever and the party never ends.

Guided by Voices, “August by Cake”

“August by Cake” is an album stuffed with songs that qualify as demos, half-baked ideas, and snippets, along with a handful of brilliant gems nestled in between.

Gold Star, “Big Blue”

When he’s not sharing stories about strangers, Marlon Rabenreither spills his guts about his own love affairs, breakups, and what it’s like to be all by his lonesome self.

Wire, “Silver/Lead”

The Colin Newman–led band is not the same as it used to be fifteen albums ago. And that’s exactly the point.

The Truth Will Prevail: Los Angeles Podcast Festival 2017 Sets Lineup

“The Dollop”’s Dave Anthony gives us the inside scoop for this year’s fest.

Cloud Nothings, “Life Without Sound”

On their latest LP, the Cleveland band have realized—or stumbled upon—something lush and lovely.

Ty Segall, “Ty Segall”

Ty Segall’s second self-titled album serves as an excellent primer of his career to date—but then again he always is a trickster at heart.

Special Arrangements

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto turns deconstructed floristry into fine art.

Worlds Without End: The Art of Seonna Hong

The Los Angeles artist surveys the scene from her Mt. Washington home studio.

LIVE: “Weird Al” Yankovic Takes the Hollywood Bowl (7/23/2016)

The entertainer’s gravitas was undeniable in the glow of the Bowl—his first time playing with a live orchestra.

Politicon 2016: Fear, Loathing, and Some Laughter in Pasadena

With tensions at a neck-popping high, the unconventional political convention tries to knead a little levity into the political conversation.

Stumbling Into Brilliance: An Oral History of “The Daily Show”’s Early Years

Even before it was shaping the national conversation and hosting sitting presidents, The Daily Show was skewering the way the media delivers the news. Ahead of their panel at Politicon, the show’s creators and early correspondents tell us how it all came together.

White Zombie, “It Came From N.Y.C.”

Before they became astro creeps, White Zombie were a horror-influenced no-wave group in the New York underground.

In Conversation: Montage of Tim Hecker

With the California sun in his eyes, the dark master of atmosphere and ambience has just released his lightest-ever record, the appropriately titled “Love Streams.” But that doesn’t mean he’s going soft.

PJ Harvey, “The Hope Six Demolition Project”

All good things come to an end.

Parquet Courts, “Human Performance”

Parquet Courts possess a unique skill: making each of their albums sound as if it was their first.

Wind the Clocks: Iggy Pop’s New Leash on Life

Stirring up dirt in the Joshua Tree desert with Iggy Pop and Josh Homme—the world’s smartest Dum Dum Boys—to talk “Post Pop Depression,” this year’s most devastating rock album.

Kate Brady Wins, City and Colour Wows At Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter 5

Ariel Rechtshaid knows how to pick ’em.

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, “A Man Alive”

With some infectious dance moments in the mix, “A Man Alive” is a complex journey into the soul with life-affirming side effects.

So Pitted, “neo”

So Pitted pulls the cloth off the table, but instead of trying to execute a magic trick, the band gleefully lets all the dishes crash to the floor.

Breaking: So Pitted

Nathan Rodriguez and his band are boldly going where no rock band has gone before—and fucking around a bit, too.

LIVE: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Gather the Masses at LA Church (2/4/2016)

Canada’s greatest post-rock band provokes introspection, obedience, and awe.

Naked Lights, “On Nature”

“On Nature” continues to energetically vacillate between tight and drifting experimentation.

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