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...Like Clockwork

June 4, 2013

Is there a more debonair dirtball in rock than Josh Homme? The Queens of the Stone Age frontman is the high priest of grimy rock tradition, exalting in exquisitely wrought guitar scraping and wry machismo – whether with his main gig or in side bands...

Song Review

"I Appear Missing"

May 20, 2013

QOTSA carved this three-minute chunk of stoner-paranoia rock from a six-minute track earmarked for their upcoming LP. "Missing" has the doomed, heady feel of a gas leak verging on explosion: Josh Homme's velvety moan personifies exquisite torture, and...

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Queens of the Stone Age

March 29, 2011

When the debut by Queens of the Stone Age sneaked out in 1998, it seemed like a lark: Josh Homme and Alfredo Hernandez from Kyuss, tired of frying sludge metal in the desert sun, were now subjecting reborn acid rock to mechanical repetition. Soon, QOTSA...

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Era Vulgaris

May 30, 2007

"I'm one of a kind," Josh Homme boasts on the new Queens of the Stone Age album. "I'm designer!" Well, that's one way to put it. There aren't any others like him, that's for sure, and he's never been an easy one to figure out. Here's a rock star who seems...

Album Review

Songs For The Deaf

August 14, 2002

There comes a time in every band's life when it must accept its fate. For Queens of the Stone Age, that means embracing the old- (as opposed to new-) metal wrought-iron heart that beats at the center of the band's roomy melodies. Anointed as the new Nirvana...

Album Review

Queens Of The Stone Age

December 10, 1998

On this scorching debut, guitarist-singer Josh Homme — who formerly led Kyuss, a band revered among young stoners — joins with bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Alfredo Hernandez to create a new turn in the saga of Pacific Northwest hard rock....

Song Review

"My God Is the Sun"

April 15, 2013

When last we heard from Queens of the Stone Age, in 2011, they were touring on the deluxe reissue of their almighty first album, where they made sun-warped desert metal speed like a bullet train. No wonder, then, that the first single from ...Like Clockwork,...

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Rated R (Deluxe Edition)

August 12, 2010

"Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, Ecstasy and alcohol/C-c-c-c-c-cocaine." With those words, Josh Homme introduced excess to a metal landscape lousy with mook thumb-suckers. Weaving the stoner rock of Homme's old band Kyuss with Blue Öyster Cult...

Album Review

Lullabies To Paralyze

March 24, 2005

As lead guitarist and singer for one of hard rock's remaining bastions of old-fashioned chops, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme had his work cut out for him on Lullabies to Paralyze. The previous Queens album, 2002's Songs for the Deaf, brought Foo...

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June 22, 2000

The California desert: home of hot-rod proving grounds, heat hallucinations, alien abductions. It was the home, too, of Kyuss, a quartet started in the late Eighties by the teenage Josh Homme, a burnout visionary for what became a viable music subcategory...