Best New Music
We are Spunk [EP]
Whoopi Sticks’ debut EP opens with guitarist David HD screaming through a microphone like a police captain about to unleash the firehouse, and then drummer/vocalist Lindsey Warning jumps in spits out vocals that are equal parts Bikini Kill and X-Ray Spex. It’s an exhilarating start for a record that that pays homage to the early punk scenes without devolving into history worship. If anything, this band sounds fiery and fresh.
“I don’t wanna be a person” is about a rejection of
To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere
Did anyone think Thrice would be back from that four-year hiatus? Me neither. Yet here we are. Duly satisfied? Not really. That'd be too much of an understatement. What To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere (their ninth full-length) does instead reflects how time out of the limelight works in your favor. It takes the best off albums like The Artist In The Ambulance, Vheissu, Major/Minor and Beggars and refines them -- not with the aim of creating something sim
The Dream Is Over
PUP's 2014 self-titled debut was their way of introducing you to their brand of indie/pop-punk, but more so, catchy, spunky punk with attitude for days. The Dream Is Over finds the band building on their gang-vocals and shout-along anthems, becoming even more unhinged, louder and much more direct than ever. To say this record is full of intent, more than the last, would be a gross understatement as the album's title plays off the doctor's message to singer, Stefan Babcock, after damagi
Plow United got better after they got back together. Plain and simple. They were always pretty good but after their reunion, I'm not sure if it was something about keeping up with the times or aiming to stay relevant, which in all fairness they never had to, but their music felt as organic and energetic as ever. Not bucking the trends and style of old but just packing more fizz. They came back as fast, catchy and as punchy as I hoped for, and then some. Marching Band emphasis
Death Deserves A Name
New Jersey's Can't Swim are a band you want to keep an eye on. They've crafted one of the most intense rock albums I've taken in in quite a while with a style that nods to so many different genres. There's something on their EP, Death Deserves A Name, for fans of Saosin, Balance and Composure, All Get Out and Sainthood Reps. Chris Loporto's varied delivery on the mic is one of their biggest assets with a smart blend of aggression and contagious choruses filling the album.
Rock The Fuck On Forever
Rock The Fuck On Forever finds Angel Du$t at their most melodic and most punk. The album title is not only a slogan, but also a command to live by whilst listening to the album. Produced by Will Yip, (and also peculiarly listed as a member) the band’s sound is definitely evolved and more influenced by the likes of more punkish bands. There are still songs that are in the same vein of the band’s previous releases, but the variety adds depth to the band. The Result is Angel Du$t’s
Even though we’re only a few months into 2016, it’s shaping up to be a big year for the music scene in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio. The latest release by Good English is further testament to that, their self-titled album proves to be the culmination of great songwriting and the knowledge of how to make your influences known without sounding letting them bury your voice as musicians.
“Carolina” opens the album with a series of snare hits, before guitarist/lea
Posture and The Grizzly
I Am Satan
Posture & The Grizzly are one of the most underrated acts around. Bits of power-pop, mostly indie and punk. Busch Hymns was one of the best things that came out of 2014 and I Am Satan follows in the same vein. Very tongue-in-cheek and full of obnoxiously-written singalongs. Think of Blink 182 meets Joyce Manor with a bit more emo stuck in. This album feels like it addresses its predecessor as well as past EPs in looking to move out on its own. There's much more of an owne
Modern Baseball’s third album, Holy Ghost comes from a sad beginning and evolves into a time capsule of growing up. 11 songs split are (almost) evenly between the writing duties of vocalists Jacob Ewald and Brendan Lukens based off traumatic experience that have happened to them in the past few years. What seemed like was going to be a sad and moot record, becomes an energetic album filled with catchy hooks and intriguing lyrics.
Ewald’s songs begin the record and there’s n