Best New Music
Punk music doesn’t have many bands like The Descendents, while some of the more prominent punk bands from the 1980s will pull themselves together for a reunion tour every few years, milk the festival circuit for some quick cash, or feature so few (if any) original members they’ve become a tribute band of sorts. The Descendents, thankfully, were never that band. Sure they take a decade or more between albums, but when they do put a new album out they rarely disappoint their fans. Enter,
Car Seat Headrest
Teens of Denial
There’s nothing better than discovering an incredible album by an exciting new artist, usually after sifting through plenty of garbage and recycled materials. Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Denial is that diamond in the rough.
Car Seat Headrest is, for all intents and purposes, Will Toledo. Over the past six years, Toledo has released a number of bandcamp albums culminating in last year’s Teens of Style on Matador. While having plenty to enjoy, Style was simply
Nick 13 channels every ounce of Elvis into Tiger Army's new record, crooning and ear-worming -- something cheesy, something catchy and something so resplendent that even if you weren't that big a fan before, you can't help but dig what V offers. Through all the line-up changes and inconsistencies in their past records (not that said inconsistencies were a bad thing), Tiger Army extends their essence and do here what they do best -- persevere through compelling storytelling.
She's Too Strong
The question that first has to be addressed in this review is whether, I, a man, am even competent to review the Bad Canoes' She’s Too Strong full-length. The second question that has to be addressed is, assuming the answer to the first question is “yes,” can I review said album without sounding like a total skeezo. Well, because the band’s message is one of power and triumph, but not necessarily one of exclusivity, I’ll give it a shot.
Quite amusingly, She’
Scope and Figure
Scope & Figure have definitely grown as a band since their second EP, Exemplary Sports Magic. Not only is the songwriting stronger, but they exudes a lot more confidence in their exploration as a band. The album has a tendency to be in your face at times and other times right where it needs to be. It’s this experimental indie balance that embodies Scope & Figure’s debut album, Gardiner Park.
From the start, the rhythm section on this album is awesome. Projecting great
Total Yuppies may have created this summer’s feel good EP. Hailing from the Rochester area, the band shows off their knack for fuzzy surf punk tunes that will immediately put a smile on your face. Think if Jeff Rosenstock decided to go surfing with Hostage Calm and they listened to a dash of Sorority Noise on the way there. Pleasantries is six songs long and documents the first full recording from Total Yuppies. Their self-described g
It's always a great feeling when obscure bands blow you away. I remember the first Pianos Become The Teeth album I listened to. The first time I heard Troubled Coast. Posture & The Grizzly and so on. Sioux Falls's Rot Forever falls in that category. Thanks to that Broken Media publicist who kept shoving them down my throat. Definitely, no regrets after taking in this album, which while it feels a bit too long, is a remarkable attempt from three dudes to tread over several sub-genres of
Johnny Madcap and the Distractions
Bring It Back
Johnny Madcap and the Distractions have been kicking it up for about seven years by now, but Bring it Back is their first full length and, really, their first fully formed statement. The title is a reference to a certain spirit found in rock and roll’s classic period- a period where earnestness, the joy of playing, and a true love of the form were the footholds for the music. Concepts that arose in the late 70s, and became even more pronounced in the 80s, such as cynicism, irony, and a
Another indie/emo act from Philly. Shocker, right? Before you go all hating and automatically assuming they'll be heaped with praise, let me tell you...well, Broken Beak's actually pretty good. It's a promising start for a band that plays off all-too-familiar emo tropes but who manages to still craft something that they can call their own. Modern Baseball's Brendan Luken is in on the act so you know kinda know what you're getting yourself into. Especially with vocalist Beau Brynes commenting