Best New Music
You’re Not Alone
One of the things I've enjoyed at Riot Fest over the years is catching Andrew W.K. -- briefly at that. Damn you, schedule conflicts. What really makes it worthwhile though are his fans. They're so raucous and spirited, lovably so. Now, "Party Hard" was my jam in high school but even I have to admit I fell off the bandwagon over the years, giving AWK's subsequent work a couple fleeting listens before discarding. I must say though, You're Not Alone is the record that certainly makes a st
Feed the Birds [EP]
Pissed Regardless is an angry (duh) quintet from San Diego. They’ve only been around since 2013, but already have two full lengths to their name. This EP is my first exposure to the band, and I’ve got to say, it’s right up my alley. Feed the Birds seamlessly blends punk and thrash and hardcore and crossover. The five songs are aggressive and musically varied, but still manage to be tight and cohesive.
The drums on blistering opener “Empty” push Pissed Regardless into D-beat terr
Where I Go When I Am Sleeping
Casey are a very unique band and one that I can tell already has potential to go far. Furthermore, they've got it all set up for mainstream success, and not just because they're on Rise but because of their musical ingenuity. They have a very unique dynamic to their sound, mixing genres -- post-hardcore, post-rock and screamo -- to paint a collage of life and how close death comes to it ever so often.
Where I Go When I Am Sleeping builds on 2016's Love Is Not Enough, not just in
There’s always a bit of sadness when a good band releases their final album. This sadness is increased, when you discover the first time you’ve heard a band is also on their last album. Death Pedals released their final album in February of this year. Mainstays on the London DIY scene, they’d somehow eluded me for their eight year existence. And I have to say, that’s a damn shame. This album reminds me so much of bands from the early 90’s, like Liar and Goat era
The Hold Steady
Late last year, The Hold Steady put out two songs ahead of their Brooklyn Bowl residency. It was their first new music in almost four years and their first since Stay Positive to feature Franz Nicolay. Now, ahead of their three-date run in the UK, The Hold Steady dropped single “Eureka b/w Ester.”
Recorded in the same sessions as “Entitlement Crew / A Snake in the Shower,” “Eureka” is top notch Hold Steady. Craig Finn’s always incredible poetry backed once again by those who com
It's been nearly a year since Sorority Noise dropped You're Not As ____ As You Think: continuing frontman Cam Boucher's diary on depression and loss. It was really powerful stuff and a record I hold just as dear as the band's Joy, Departed. What made this last album special is that it dropped on March 17, a day I got my heart broken and from which I never recovered fully in 2013. Now, while I'd like to think I've somewhat healed, I can't help but stick to acts like this. After a
The Shell Corporation
Well the time has finally arrived. The Shell Corporation’s long awaited new album Fucked has finally been released. After the release of their 2014 full-length Mandrake, aside from some touring and a digital single or two that would come out a couple of years later, we haven’t heard too much from the band. But even after just one listen of Fucked, it is quite clear that they have made their triumphant return.
When it comes to any release in the band’s discography,
Nashville's Sophie Allison aka Soccer Mommy may well be the biggest-kept secret of 2018. Bold statement but when you listen to Clean, you'll realize why. In backtracking, I got ahold of her older music and absolutely loved it, which made me skeptical if she'd be able to recapture it with a more cleaned up and finessed production. Safe to say, it's every bit as raw, rough, lo-fi and real. Then again, when music is this soul-searing and intimate, it's hard to buck that pure essence -- es
All at Once
You see, Screaming Females’ last album, 2015’s Rose Mountain, was an absolute jam- 10 tracks of tightly focused riff-punk. That album smashed and thrashed and was even bent around a pretty-clever central theme. So, what do you do after you’ve reached the core of what you’ve been refining for 10 years? There’s only one thing you can do- something completely different.
Now, let’s not overstate it. This still is a Screaming Females record. Vocalist/guitarist Marissa Paternoster sing