Best New Music
Kamala and the Karnivores
Girl Band [reissue]
Although they have but a solitary 7-inch to their name, Kamala and the Karnivores have maintained a certain reverence. Involved in the 924 Gilman scene from the venue’s inception, the band, in a way, existed as a perfect representation of the area’s ethos and style.
Their only release, the Girl Band 7-inch, walks the fine line between pop and punk- a combination that today might be as common as air, but then, was a fairly radical combination and one that would be utilized by many
Out In The Storm
Katie Crutchfield knows how to make you cry. Under the Waxahatchee banner she's done this time and time again through a catalog that's incredibly detailed when it comes to raw, human emotion. Out In The Storm is yet another descriptive and highly vulnerable effort -- this time about an indie rocker opening up about the intimacy of break-ups. She goes through all the stages -- grief, anger and eventually, optimism -- set to a soothing backdrop that comforts you if you can relate. Life's
Up In Arms
Bloodclot actually pre-dates the Cro-Mags. The seeds for the band were planted in the early 80’s when future Cro-Mags singer John Joseph (sometimes John Bloodclot or John Skinhead) was a roadie for the Bad Brains. It was the brainchild of Joseph and guitarist Todd Youth (Warzone, Agnostic Front, Murphy’s Law, Danzig), but never really fully materialized. An earlier version even featured Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains on bass and DH Peligro of Dead Kennedys on drums. The project was eventually p
Need to Feel Your Love
Sheer Mag are a band that drum up some really intriguing conversations with my friends. I saw them at LA's When We Were Young festival and I loved their energy. Tina Halladay's raw, raspy vocals brought an energy on stage that I totally dug and after diving into all their EPs, I easily became a fan. However, I could see them as 'not being for everyone.' One of the guys in our group said 'she sounded like Eric Cartman' and on Need to Feel Your Love, you know what, he was actually right.
Howling, for the Nightmare Shall Consume
One thing that has always separated Integrity from most of their contemporaries- in both the punk and metal circles- is their dedication to intelligence. Each release since their debut has found the band not so much shouting boldfaced proclamations, but asking questions that seemingly have no answer. This came to an initial crest with 1995’s Humanity is the Devil wherein the band dug into what it is that makes mankind be the kind of animal he is- and make no mistake, at least from Inte
On their latest release, Jelly, Charmpit combines punk rock with infectious indie garage pop. Bringing to mind the pop sensibilities of 1950’s girl groups, Neko Case’s early band Maow and the aggressiveness of Bratmobile without being as openly political, they not only combine these sounds together. They do so with a great deal of success.
Nowhere is this better displayed than on “Free the Burbs” which opens the albums. Featuring great vocal harmonies and a great
There’s no doubt “Green Light” is one of the biggest songs of 2017. It’s a flawless radio hit—one big, catchy sing-along. But listening to Melodrama shows Ella Yelich-O'Connor, better known as Lorde, exists light years beyond your average run-of-the-mill pop star. Yeah, she’s friends with Taylor Swift and has firm footing in the mainstream, but Lorde is a songwriter first and foremost. Her popularity represents the alt girl sitting with the cool kids and outshining them. In an ‘us vs.
88 Fingers Louie
Thank You for Being a Friend
Last year, Descendents set the new standard for old guys making a punk record more than ten years after their previous one. They dealt mostly with their current situation, but also included an acceptable amount of sentimental nostalgia. Whether they knew it or not, the slightly younger old guys in 88 Fingers Louie largely followed the same formula. Thank You for Being a Friend mainly exists in middle aged reality, but occasionally takes the time to look back.
It’s hard to believ
Toxic Care [EP]
Last year Natterers put out their great four-song demo and now just about a year later they have graced us with six new songs that make up their new EP titled Toxic Care. This release picks up where Natterers left off with their demo in that they expand their sound and experiment a bit with it, which in turn made this a pretty wide-ranging batch of songs — especially for a hardcore EP.
Natterers really developed their now-signature sound with Toxic Care most notably with