Review: If anybody thought QOTSA's previous offering '...Like Clockwork' indicated a band trying out new ideas, they're making far greater leaps this time around. Die-hard fans might be a little confused by the enlistment of Mark Ronson as the album's producer, perhaps even more so by the strong influence on Josh Homme of Ronson's ubiquitous 2014 hit 'Uptown Funk'. The outcome of this surprising collaboration proves to be a heady blend of the band's usual desert-rock sleaze and a crisp, infectious and floor-filling sound. This is an album to move to, and this new direction of dancefloor focus makes the blistering fuzzbox riffs and contortion-inducing solos sound even more cool and confident than ever.
Review: Queens of the Stone Age are one of the most widely revered rock band of their generation. Over the course of 20 years Josh Homme's crew cooked up a distinctive body of work that includes 2007's Era Vulgaris. It's a record that touches on electronic and acoustic textures next to heavy, crunching rock and has guest appearances by Julian Casablancas of The Strokes and frequent QOTSA friend Mark Lanegan. This version of the record marks the first-ever release of Era Vulgaris on 12" vinyl.