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State Government Editor for Gotham Gazette. Freelance news editor, writer for Metroland.

David King

Email: davidhowardking@gmail.com

David King

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats

by David King September 10, 2015


  Cambridge’s Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats are purveyors of a unique brand of sinister nostalgia. Combining the foreboding doom of Black Sabbath with the bopping pop of the Beatles, the band are unafraid of wearing ...



by David King September 10, 2015


  In a recent feature titled “10 New Artists You Need to Know,” Rolling Stone described Windhand’s sound as “Nirvana vinyl played way too slow, way too loud and backwards.” Despite the magazine’s uncanny ability to ...


Hope Drone

by David King August 20, 2015


  Australia’s Hope Drone fancy themselves an artistic black-metal band, and while they do employ some of the musical staples of the genre and convey the appropriate amounts of sorrow and dread, it's hard to fit ...


Ecstatic Vision

by David King August 20, 2015


  Fair warning: Sonic Praise ideally is listened to on drives on late summer nights, when it’s too hot to think and too late to care. When all there is to do is drive and forget ...



by David King August 20, 2015


  What's more frightening? An entire generation too strung out from last night’s foam party to care that the world is turning to shit, or one that is totally aware of all the world’s horrors but ...


Super Failure

by David King August 13, 2015


  Director Josh Trank shouldn’t take all the blame for the cinematic atrocity that is Fantastic Four. No, we all should. Spend the hour and 40 or so minutes actually watching the movie and it quickly ...


Entry-Level Mozart

by David King July 30, 2015


  The Magic Flute has and always will be absurd, nonsensical and up for wide interpretation. The Glimmerglass performance of the piece wasn’t designed to change any of this but instead offer modern audiences, youth especially, ...

Glimmerglass Festival

The Best of All Possible Shows

by David King July 30, 2015


  Voltaire’s Candide is a satire aimed directly at the teachings of philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who preached that our world is the best of all possible worlds that God could have created despite the horrors ...

1 comment Glimmerglass Festival


by David King July 9, 2015


  Lindemann, the side project featuring Till Lindemann of Rammstein and Peter Tagtgren of Hypocrisy, have released an album designed to shock, repel, infuriate and disgust, thanks to Lindemann’s sardonic lyrics on songs like “Ladyboy,” “Praise ...

Mutoid Man

by David King July 9, 2015


  The brainchild of Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky, Mutoid Man could be described as the concentrated tantrum of a man torn in multiple directions by the influences he wears proudly on his sleeve. Formed in ...


by David King June 11, 2015


  Just about everything Danish indie prog rockers Mew write is catchy. If they had the mind to strip their songs down, stop style hopping and embrace their poppier instincts, they'd have a much easier go ...

Bell Witch

by David King June 6, 2015


  Bell Witch undoubtedly would land a premier spot on Head and Bangers’ Top 10 Economical Bands List. The Seattle duo do more with a bass and drum kit on Four Phantoms than most metal bands ...


by David King June 6, 2015


  It makes a lot of sense that Toronto’s Metz are signed to Sub Pop: Frontman Alex Edkins insists they are punk in the same way that Kurt Cobain maintained the same despite his pop leanings ...

The Pixies, TV on the Radio, John Grant

by David King May 28, 2015

  “Wave of Mutilation," "Break my Body," "Monkey Gone to Heaven." That was the opening lineup for the Pixies on Friday night at the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown. It was a powerful reminder that it was ...

Brewery Ommegang


by David King May 21, 2015


  On April 17, 2010, Blur released a track called “Fool's Day,” a fuzzy reintroduction to the band who hadn't released a song since 2002. It felt like the band had recently been awakened for school ...

Local H

by David King May 21, 2015


  “Your white-boy blues is a joke," sings Scott Lucas on "The Last Picture Show in Zion," a sludgy stomp that kicks off the band's crowd-funded new disc--their eighth studio album. Its a marvel, if not ...

Best Recordings of 2014: David King

by David King December 31, 2014


  1. Einsturzende Neubauten, Lament Envisioned as a performance piece about the horrors of war, Neubauten’s Lament a is simultaneously visceral and thoughtful, gorgeous and repulsive. The album of the year is both a history fetishists’ dream ...

Gift Guide: Reissues

by David King December 11, 2014


  The holiday season is always a good time for fond reminiscence of simpler times--when music arrived in a physical package made up of artwork and these things called liner notes. It is also a good ...

Gift Guide: Video Games

by David King December 11, 2014


  This year the games industry was less defined by great games and more by growing pains brought on by the release of new systems, developers who are increasingly under the gun to meet corporate deadlines ...


Aphex Twin

by David King November 26, 2014


  For decades now Aphex Twin’s Richard James has maintained a mystique that paints him as both madman and genius. His work is like some sort of curse he is forced to pour out over homemade ...

Run The Jewels

by David King November 26, 2014


  In an age when Taylor Swift can release a jingle for New York City’s tourism campaign that simply says “New York: It’s waiting for you,” like it’s a fucking pot of gold waiting to be ...


by David King November 13, 2014


  Someone call Ozzy Osbourne and tell him he’s allowed to die now. Satan has cut a deal with his replacement, and I’m not surprised to tell you that they are from Little Rock, Ark. Pallbearer ...


by David King November 13, 2014


  In October, a viral video of New York actress Shoshana Roberts walking down the street in the city for 10 hours was released. Roberts endured incessant comments and heckling from male passerby, ranging from “Smile!” ...



by David King November 13, 2014


  Even if you haven’t seen David Cronenberg’s 1981 sci-fi horror masterpiece Scanners, you have still probably seen Scanners. While Hollywood vultures picked over the stillborn corpse of Alejandro Jodowrosky’s Dune, they also borrowed liberally from ...


by David King October 9, 2014


  Weezer suck. They’ve sucked hard, very, very hard for the better portion of their time as a band. And it seems all this sucking was done on purpose—well at least purposefully by frontman Rivers Cuomo, ...