Best New Music
Selling The Urban Ideal
Abertooth Lincoln has been a mainstay in the Dayton Ohio’s music scene for going on a decade now. What hasn’t been a mainstay is who plays in the band. While a few core members have remained, the band has seen a number of musicians and vocalists move through its ranks in this time. This can make it difficult for any band to establish its sound, let alone grow it. Abertooth Lincoln’s lineup changes haven’t slowed them down in either regard. Their latest EP, Selling The Urban Ideal, find
11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory
Boston rockers, Dropkick Murphys, age like fine wine. No matter how much they've deviated from their earlier material, they've always done so with charm, passion and a great sense of storytelling. 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory reminds me a lot of another band I keep in this same category as 'one who rarely does wrong' -- Jimmy Eat World. They absolutely owned it on Integrity Blues last year and the same could be said
Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels 3
â€œWe dropped a classic today!â€ Killer Mike exclaims on the third track of Run the Jewels 3. On Christmas Eve 2016, Run the Jewels, the collaborative hip-hip project between Mike and El-P, surprise released their new album weeks ahead of schedule, once again for free. What a way to end the year!
Or, alternatively, RTJ3 and its theme of rebellion may very well be the soundtrack to 2017. Itâ€™s aggressive and political, demanding you take action but appreciate your
Dead Fucking Serious
Iâ€™m going to start this with a big old disclaimer: if you are not into screaming and yelling in your music, this album is not for you. Ignore how many stars it has and just stop reading. Chances are high that you wonâ€™t find this album appealing.
That being said, I kinda felt that way at one time, too. Like a lot of people, I left this type of 80s hardcore back, wellâ€¦ in the 80s. But what Dead Fucking Serious has put together on their first full-length album, Squalo
There is no question that Washington D.C. has been one of the epicenters of hardcore punk rock. Incredibly important bands like Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Fugazi, Bad Brains, Government Issue, etc. all started out there. And now that they have released their first proper full-length it is time to add Pure Disgust to that list.
Pure Disgustâ€™s self-titled album is filled to the brim with unrelenting hardcore from start to finish. None of the ten tracks let up at all. What immediately ma
Not of this World [7-inch]
Apparently the guys in Coliseum and Doomriders hold the first Danzig record in very high regard. (As does this reviewer. As should you.) Back in 2005, Coliseum vocalist/guitarist Ryan Patterson put out a 12â€ Coliseum/Doomriders split on his own Auxiliary label. It consisted of a Danzig cover by each band and a couple of originals. Now as part of their 20th anniversary commemoration, Magic Bullet Records has repressed the Danzig songs as the Not of this World 7â€. (â€œNot of this Wor
Off With Their Heads
Wonâ€™t Be Missed
Acoustic albums from a punk band or solo artist are typically â€œhit or miss.â€ A lot of the time they just don't really compare to the bandâ€™s electric-based records. Of course there are exceptions. For example Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music has put out some really great acoustic solo albums like Covering Ground. A lot of the time artists fail to distinguish their acoustic songs from others, which granted can be tough to do when it is just one person singing and playing the chords a
Bad Year was the EP that convinced me that The Weaks were worth the hype. Leveling up to The Superweaks more or less confirms this with Better Heavens finding the band in a better place. They're in a much more confident, reassured state of mind musically. Their music isn't just more versatile but there's an oomph to it, a distinct character, that I've always wanted to see. This record's all about them achieving their potential and breaking through the roof of what you probably c
One Last Big Job
If you go out, go out with a bang.Â In the case of Ramshackle Glory, it's a softer bang but a big one nonetheless.
The folk-rock act ends things with One Last Big Job and everything about this album lives up to the title. How fitting that it drops on the final day of 2016. Harmonic, melodious and ever-so comforting. They've always been a safe haven; a blanket of comfort, inspiring acts like The Front Bottoms, based on how well they mesh acoustic guitars, trombones, horns, violins