A month or so ago, I ran across an interesting-looking UK magazine, Rock-a-Rolla, covering various forms of experimental rock and jazz, but with a strong slant towards drone, ambient, doom metal, and that sort of thing. I ordered their latest issue (big feature articles on Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Sunn O)))), and liked it enough to take them up on a special offer they have that ends today: subscribe and get four free back issues. While it’s a little pricy for those of us outside Europe ($70/year for six issues plus the four back issues), there are few enough quality publications covering this kind of music that for me it’s worth it.
What I like about this magazine is that they are not afraid to be critical. I’ve always respected a reviewer who will straight-up tell you if he doesn’t like something (without being needlessly negative or disrespectful), and the folks who review for this magazine all seem to have that capacity. Looking forward to seeing more of their work.