If you've ever been to a metal show, you'll know that they're funny. Simultaneously really cheesy and really hardcore, metal dudes are quite frequently just nice guys that revel in the irony of it all. You can't constantly be wearing shirts with upside-down crosses and...

Gromozeka is, in the words of my cohort, "very Russian." Gromozeka is, in the words of my other cohort, "odd." This odd, very Russian film is not for everyone. It's probably not even for 75% of film-going patrons. There's a plotline -- kind of -- but it's...

With extreme macro shots of eyes, mouths, and other indistinguishable slimy body parts, this video for "Beard" leaves one scratching one's head just as Colourmusic's style of indie psych-sludge mash-up leaves you scratching your head. ...

I'm not soooo certain what's going on in the intro to this video, but the rest of it somehow combines Thanksgiving and make out sessions with creeptastic puppetry ala Muppets-meets-David Cronenberg. This weirdness kind of speaks for itself...

Directed by Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson Sound Of Noise is labeled as a black humor and oddball action film, which it is. More than anything, though, it is a music film – one which celebrates and pays homage to experimental music, as well as avant-garde classical composers. From the hand-drawn opening credits of Sound Of Noise, I knew there would be something punk rock about this film, and there certainly is. A pair of misfits -- a music school dropout and a stoic songwriter -- enlist four percussionists to join them for a four-movement composition entitled Music For One City And Six Drummers. Executed in true anarchist fashion, the movements take on the form of musical flash mobs, performed in stuffy locations using unlikely on-site equipment. In their first movement, "Doctor, Doctor, Gimme Gas (In My Ass)," the six-person band research and field record every sound in a hospital to find their ideal instruments. They then perform their gig in a surgery room, where they use everything from heart rate monitors to vacuum pipes and oxygen tanks as percussive tools. Every subsequent movement scales up in level of illegality and general outlandishness, concluding in a fourth movement so extreme that even director Johannes Nilsson admitted in a San Francisco International Film Festival Q&A that it may not actually be feasible.

O'Death are an "American Gothic Country band" -- which might not seem to make that much sense, until you listen to their music while watching their music videos, which seem bizarre and ritualistic in a creepy, East Coast woodsy kind of way (and serving as...

Rotture Portland, OR 2011 - 03/31 RYAT Despite the fact that RYAT recently played our SXSW house party, I will admit that I had no idea what their live show was like. Because I was running around like a madwoman, all I knew was that their set-up takes quite...