Lecce-born Massimiliano Pagliara swears by the old to synth in the new.
Brightness and rust
FKA twigs and Merchandise make music that's headed in different directions.
Young Thug shining
For the talented, getting lost in the musical fight club jungle isn't the worst of fates.
Rule by Mastodon
Atlanta's Mastodon finally puts all the pieces together on "Once More 'Round the Sun."
Rumors of my death
Thanks to Steve Goodman, turn-of-the-millennium dubstep is hardly a memory.
Experimental musician Valerio Tricoli has lots to say on "Miseri Lares," but meaning is elusive.
Madlib and Freddie Gibbs, YG, and Chimurenga Renaissance make it a hip-hop spring.
Mark McGuire, D. Charles Speer & the Helix and Angel Olsen all shine on new releases.
Anything but pseudo
UK techno luminary "Actress" — Darren Cunningham — goes out with an emotional snarl.
Satellite's "Transister" and Soviet Soviet's "Fate" spruce up Italy's 2013.
James Parker, a.ka. Logos, tries remembering pirate-radio grime while Samuel Kerridge turns brutal.