Nisennenmondai: Neji/Tori

Nisennenmondai is the Japanese term for “Y2K bug,” and, yes, the band does sound like the end of the world.

Originally self-released in 2004 and 2005 respectively, Neji/Tori are a maelstrom of furious drumming, completely blown/ fuzzed-out bass, and screaming guitar that sucks your ears into a vortex of noise.

SSION’s Cody Critchloe Lists His Top 10 Women in Rock

Cody Critcheloe, frontman and creator of SSION, has a lot to talk about these days — the mockumentary he’s working on, touring, his art and music videos, his eyebrows…but in an interview with ALARM, he opted to discuss his favorite ladies in rock.

Beneath the eye liner, street jizz, and punk attitude, there lies a softer side to Critchloe. All of these women have genuinely been a source of inspiration for him.

RIP: Stooges Guitarist Ron Asheton (1948-2009)

Simply put, Ron Asheton paved the way for the Ramones and then for everyone after. No Ron means no Ramones or Clash or Sex Pistols, no REM or U2 or Sonic Youth, no Nirvana, no who knows what else.

NO WAVE: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980

Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and music critic Byron Cooley have created the definitive chronicle of the late ’70s New York art-rock scene. Together they skillfully depict the culture, politics, and environment that formed the still-obscure and quietly influential bands of that era.

Witch: Amping Up the Stoner Rock Formula on Paralyzed

Vermont rock supergroup Witch adopt the phrase “less weed, more speed” on their new record Paralyzed. The result is a hard-hitting—and at times dreamy—album full of self-assured jams that proves the rock veterans are still pushing their music into new territories.