On the cover: The World Of Kim Gordon: As the musician, vocalist, author, artist, fashion designer and former Sonic Youth member prepares to release her debut solo album, she takes stock of her consistently adventurous career to date. By Abi Bliss. Plus: Dan Barrow on the Gordon/Andy Warhol connection; Matt Krefting revisits Gordon’s former New Weird America homebase in Western Massachusetts; Jennifer Lucy Allan talks to Body/Head’s Bill Nace; and Tony Rettman rounds up her close collaborators. Also inside this issue: Loré Lixenberg: The fearless experimental vocalist takes on Conlon Nancarrow’s famously complex player-piano compositions, testing her own limits in the process. By Emily Bick. Invisible Jukebox: Hans-Peter Lindstrøm: Will the Norwegian producer get “Fast & Delirious” with The Wire’s mystery record selection, or will he feel his “Limitations”? Tested by Rob Young. The Primer: Death Metal: From the primitive beginnings of Death and Possessed to the technical ecstasy of Necrophagist and Wormed, The Wire presents a user’s guide to one of rock’s most consistently innovative subgenres. By Phil Freeman. Plus: Ka Baird, Hey String, The Big YES!, Loraine James, Global Ear: Hong Kong, 100s of reviews, and more.