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." …

HiM: Peoples

With a bandleader like Doug Scharin, whose other stints include June of 44, Codeine, Rex, and Direction in Music, it's no wonder that HiM's multivalent sound is as easy to compare to wildly experimental groups like Animal Collective as it is to call it postmodern Serge Gainsbourg. Eclectic African-infused instrumentation commingles with violins, dreamy melodies, funk-inflected horn sections, and intense, rhythmic vocals, making for ennui-free …