Big Fan


Paul is in his mid-thirties, single, and still living at home with his mother. He works as a parking lot attendant in New York, and is content to sit in his booth at night writing down passionate, articulate rants, so that when he goes home he can call a local radio sports show and prove […]

The Mars Volta – Octahedron


After 2008’s The Bedlam in Goliath, it seemed as if guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala had painted themselves into a corner. This is not to say that Bedlam was necessarily a bad album – but it was dangerously close to crossing the fine line between controlled, progressive sound and total confusion and mess. […]