Best New Music
Built To Spill
Untethered Moon is another example of why Built To Spill remains one of the most unheralded, under-the-radar and underrated indie-rock acts ever to grace the scene. With Dough Martsch at the helm, doing what he does best and most passionately, BTS lay down another exclamation mark that's right up there with the band's previous albums. Martsch's solo work over the last couple years found him tortured and pained but BTS always represented that outlet of optimism and this here's no differ
Two Years No Basement
Two Years No Basement is a strong, pummeling EP with songwriting that screams so it doesn't break down. Featuring members of Steady Hands and Modern Baseball, these six tracks of battering, pained pop-punk are reminiscent of the Gaslight Anthem and Baseball and is certainly for fans of a certain kind of tragic angst. But it's core strength is that it's centered entirely around the specific, raging grief over the death of a lover, the kind that sends the singers into spirals of loneliness and
Constructs of the State
Well after much speculation and rumors here it is. We’ve been waiting for over ten years and it has finally arrived – Leftover Crack Volume III: Constructs of the State. Not only is it the band’s first full-length in over a decade, but it’s the first full-length on Fat Wreck Chords and the first full-length without original member Ezra Kire.
A lot was at risk with this record. After such a long time without writing new material, would it hold up with the classic Medio
The Max Levine Ensemble
Whenever a well respected band, like Max Levine Ensemble, takes time off to work on other projects, fans are always disappointed. In the case of David Combs aka Spoonboy when he decided to stop performing under his solo moniker to get the band back together, he faced fans who were both disappointed and excited by the news. While the fans who were disappointed to lose the more intimate feel of Spoonboy have every right to feel that way. Max Levine Ensemble's Backlash Baby is an album t
Crazy and the Brains
Brain Feeze [EP]
Crazy and the Brains are now operating at full power. Since their debut, the band has combined a classic punk edge, garage rock energy, Beach Boy harmony, and a xylophone. But, with each subsequent release, the band has trimmed off the fat, beefed up their core strengths, and sped up the pace. The Brain Freeze single finds the band using their core strengths to excel at what they do best.
The title track opens with a surf guitar riffing while the famed xylophone comes crashing do
Proud to Be [Reissue]
The most striking thing about DFL’s second album, Proud to Be is just how genuine it sounds. Originally released in 1995, following in the wake of the surprise(?) commercial success of Green Day, the album swims against pretty much all the other punk trends of the time. Green Day established that a punk band could make money and that to do so, all you really had to do was adhere to the core tenants of radio airplay and voila!
So, what did DFL do with Proud to B
FOD / Dead Milkmen
Split 7-inchers aren't more apropos than this. Both staples of the early Philly punk scene, FOD (aka Flag of Democracy) and the Dead Milkmen were forever intertwined when the Milkmen’s Rodney anonymous name checked FOD on 1985’s “Nutrition.” While the shout-out was likely an off-hand reference, that one line would serve as a sort of platform to compare how a punk band could grow and develop.
While the Milkmen would grow towards more reflective and college rock music, FOD stayed
Back To The Drawing Room
Have you wondered what kind of punk rock a pirate would listen to? Neither have I. But I imagine Smokey Bastard’s new album Back To The Drawing Room is something that would come pretty close -- and it's great.
The band has taken folk music and fused it together with some classic aggressive punk rock. In songs like “Archipelago” and “Screens” the instruments that are usually associated with folk punk such as banjo, mandolin, and accordion play very fast leads, while blar
Tiny Dots [Documentary]
It's so odd seeing the love for La Dispute die down here at the 'org, which initially is what drove me to them. I guess I caught "The Wave" late and people moved on with life. Then again, maybe they ran their course. To me though, La Dispute maintains something that few bands still do. Something real and something that as cheesy as it gets at times, well...it belongs in music. Tiny Dots is a fitting name for this documentary as it connects and catalogs all the intricate steps the band