Mason Adams

Mason Adams writes from the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he's covered business, politics and culture since 2001.

Interviews

How the Destruction of Appalachia Inspired Its Black Metal Scene

Stream the new LP from Pittsburgh's Slaves BC, and explore how Appalachian black metal artists find inspiration from beauty and destruction.
Mason Adams
3.14.18
Op-Eds

How Cannibal Corpse's 'Tomb of the Mutilated' Got Me into Young Thug

Why it's worth sticking with difficult art.
Mason Adams
9.13.16
In Memoriam

How Ralph Stanley Overcame Tragedy and the Persistence of Time to Change Country Music

A look back at the Virginia legend, whose influence on country and bluegrass will continue for generations.
Mason Adams
6.25.16
Interviews

The Strange and Enduring Afterlife of Spazz, Powerviolence, and Slap a Ham Records

Sweat to the oldies with two reissued classics from the seminal Bay Area powerviolence band.
Mason Adams
3.22.16
Op-Eds

666 Pennsylvania Avenue: How Will Your Vote Affect the Future of Metal?

We predicted each candidate's probable effects on popular music, from a Rubio hip-hop explosion to a Clinton anarcho-punk wave.
Mason Adams
2.1.16
Op-Eds

How Hip-Hop and Country Music Helped Aung San Suu Kyi Win Myanmar's Historic Democratic Election

Never underestimate the power of a catchy campaign track.
Mason Adams
11.27.15
Interviews

Listen to Anna & Elizabeth's Spooky New Take on an Old Appalachian Murder Ballad

Stream "The Greenwood Sidey," a chilling tale of childbirth and murder.
Mason Adams
3.15.15
Op-Eds

Why Fugazi's Politics Are as Frighteningly Relevant Today as They Were in 1988

From gentrification to sexual assault on college campuses, Ian MacKaye's dire predictions for the future have all come true.
Mason Adams
3.7.15