Best New Music
Santa Rosa, California’s surf-punk outfit Decent Criminal has been putting their time into the NorCal punk scene since their formation in 2008. After some major line up changes, releasing a split 7-inch, a good amount of touring (even with Bad Cop/Bad Cop last summer), they have now released a proper self-titled full-length.
When you take a closer look at Decent Criminal you’ll see that they are much more than just a surf-punk band. They are all over the place on this record, which
Chaos Sound is that shot of punk rock you needed in the new year to make sure your tone's set just right for the rest of the year. It follows the tried and tested formula The Casualties have employed for years but this time around, there's more energy and something a bit rawer in the way they shoot their style of punk and hardcore at you. In short, it's not something you wanna dodge. You wanna crash into this. Head-fucking-first. Not their best but definitely an essential that's right
My first inclination upon hearing MartyrLoserKing was to call it a very early candidate for hip-hop album of the year. But, the more I thought about it the more I realized this may be pigeonholing the album far too much. While Williams has always drawn heavily from hip-hop music and slam poetry in regard to his lyrics and lyrical delivery, his music has been anything but. His Rick Rubin produced debut, Amethyst Rock Star found him combining rock elements
It’s damn near impossible to write a standalone review of a Chris Wollard project without immediately stacking it up against his past work. Whether you favor Caution, In A Million Pieces, No Division, etc.... every fan has got a different standard a new release must measure up to. Having a hand in inspiring an entire generation of bearded punkers with Hot Water Music, Wollard’s got an awful big reputation to uphold. On top of that, his solo(-ish) work outside the sem
It should be self evident, but the focal point of Harley Flanagan’s new album, cheekily titled Cro-Mags, is conflict with former bandmembers. And without fueling any flames, it should be obvious which particular former bandmate is the subject of the brunt of the attack. Though, to be fair, Flanagan, during his onslaught, takes a couple shots at other targets, too.
At just 12 tracks and 24 minutes, Cro-Mags feels like a fistfight. Unlike some later day Cro-Mag albu
It's strange to write a review for a new Bowie album knowing there will be no new one after this. But then it's a record that gains much more significance once you understand it's his eulogy, one he gave to himself. Appropriate for a man who so othered himself and his personality that his own concept album is essentially about being David Bowie. Johnny Cash's eulogy video was one of the closed down Johnny Cash Museum and his own regret and pain. "Lazarus," the bleak, gorgeous music video rele
A War Against You
Ignite have never been afraid of raising their voice and speaking up. A War Against You takes this to a whole new level given the current state of the world and brings the band back for a new run that sees them as impassioned as ever. More so, it reunites a group of brothers that missed making music together. This record takes a heavy stance on several sociopolitical issues and continues to show why Ignite were always one of the best when it comes to mixing the melodic punk/hardcore ge
Pinegrove's ambition continues to grow. After extensive touring and a few EPs, the New Jersey band shows just this on their debut LP. Cardinal finds itself perched as a remarkable blend of country and folk rock with bits of indie and pop strewn in here and there, and it's pretty captivating. A bit of it feels familiar if you were a fan of them over the years but nonetheless, it's, as expected, full of energy and passion.
These are reiterated on the opener "Old Friends" and closer
Self Defense Family
“When the Barn Caves In” b/w “Alan” [7-inch]
When it comes to music, the argument for quality over quantity always wins. But what about quality and quantity? For the last three years, Self Defense Family have been churning out releases at a dizzying pace. However, not a single one of them feels marginal.
Their most recent output (though a new EP comes out February 19th) is single “When the Barn Caves In” b/w “Alan.” It continues right where June’s Heaven Is Earth left off. You’ll immediately recognize