Best New Music
Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
It seems illogical at this point to try and convince anyone about Deafheaven’s new album Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. Since 2013’s Sunbather, Deafheaven have been the most divisive band in metal, riling the feathers of the genre’s die-hard fans while expanding the appeal of the genre. Is Deafheaven really metal? Are they hardcore enough? Or are they simply spoon-feeding the genre to the masses? At this point, Deafheaven don’t care anymore.
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The Dwarves/Against The Grain
Split Hits the Fans [7-inch]
This is the fourth installment of the Split Hits the Fans series of 7 inches from Indiana’s Failure Records & Tapes. It once again pairs an established punk act with a Midwest based band on the rise. I’ve been compulsively collecting this series, and overall this just might be the strongest one yet. Of course I might be a little biased, as I’m a longtime fan of both bands individually.
The new Dwarves album is fantastic. Take Back the Night is among my favorite releases o
Sorry to Bother You [Film]
Few movies are as pure as Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You. One of the detriments of the modern movie age is that, due to the skyrocketing costs of films, every movie just has too many cooks. Financiers, marketers, writers, executive producers, focus groups, all have to get their say. And as you know, that leads to a lot of mishy mushy movies that are as bland as they are generic. Luckily for us Riley is a determined kind of guy and so after nearly a decade of trying to get this m
When rumors of a new Sleep album began to circulate (their first new LP in 22 years, essentially) it looked like they were facing a no win situation. Their final album before their initial breakup, Dopesmoker, was recorded in 1996 and was so groundbreaking that it really took three stalled releases for it to manifest its proper form some seven years later. A single, hour long track, Dopesmoker was a landmark release that took almost a decade for people to appreciate. Never before h
Hit & Run
No doubt, this is what Dog Party have been working towards for the past decade. Hit & Run, the duo’s sixth album, finds the band honing their sound into a pointed attack.
As before, the band is rooted in fast charging, three chord chopping. There’s a heavy dose of Ramones influence, or at least an influence of that band’s dedication to simple, but powerful melody. But, while that drives the procession, the looks to other early punk realms, takes some bits from here and the
Self Defense Family
Have You Considered Punk Music
Have You Considered Punk Music. Part question, part sales pitch, part random thought – the perfect amalgamation of Self Defense Family’s new album. Their first proper full length since 2015’s Heaven Is Earth, Punk Music captures the band’s evolution while also creating something completely new to them.
Self Defense Family, composed of musicians who have on and off contributed to the group over the last eight years, are quite possibly the most prolific band in punk
Subsonic Dream [7-inch]
The Darts are a relatively new garage punk band out of LA and Phoenix. They’ve been plying their trade in semi-retro garage psychedelia for about two years, but on their latest single, “Subsonic Dream,” it really does feel as though the band has arrived.
The quartet has always dived deep into fuzzed out, reverb, haunting riffage, but the a-side is where the band separates themselves from their contemporaries. Many garage punk bands master the technique, but not the soul of their e
I'm a huge Pink Lincolns fan. They’re a great punk band from Florida that formed way back in 1986. As far as I know they never officially broke up, but they’ve been inactive for more than a decade. They were led by singer Chris Barrows and and used to pal around with Screeching Weasel and The Queers back in the ‘90s. (I probably discovered them from a split with one of those bands.) They were more aggressive than your standard pop punk fare, and took some cues from snotty hardcore. I never go
Fight The Good Fight
Get ready for quite the pivot, because if you have been following my reviews of The Interrupters’ recorded material and live shows over the last few years, then you know where I am coming from. And here is the general pivot — The Interrupters’ third full-length Fight The Good Fight is good, great actually.
My most consistent criticism of the band’s songs hasn’t bee