Peeping Tom

Famous for fronting Faith No More, Mike Patton's many other projects—from the early '90s metal funk of Mr. Bungle to recent collaborations with fellow California noise-maker Kid 606—have always been on the edge of experimentation and taste. Now the release of his latest album, Peeping Tom, brings in a bevy of big-name guest artists for a disc that Patton calls his "version of pop music." …

The New Gold Standard

Three years in the business might seem like a too-brief span for a retrospective, but since 2003, Washington D.C.-based quartet the Fort Knox Five founded their own record label (called Fort Knox Recordings), remixed the likes of Tito Puente, Louis Armstrong, And Tower of Power, and collaborated with hip hop's elder statesman Africa Bambaataa—not to mention all the bodies they've got moving on the dance …

Fabriclive 27: DJ Format

If you started with the general vibe of the Beastie Boys's Check Your Head, updated it with some of the best left-of-center hip-hop out there, smoothed it out with rare tracks from the 60s and beyond, and mixed it together seamlessly, the result would sound something like DJ Format's Fabriclive 27. The funk-infused album features Lyrics Born's smooth California flow, Cut Chemist's turntablist skills, vintage …