With 232 pages and an expanded 12″ by 12″ format, our biggest print issue yet celebrates the people, places, music, and art of our hometown, including cover features on David Lynch, Nipsey Hussle, Syd, and Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory Records, plus Brian Wilson, Cuco, Ty Segall, Lord Huron, Remi Wolf, The Doors, the art of RISK, Taz, Estevan Oriol, Kii Arens, and Edward Colver, and so much more.
Laura Jane Grace, Hole in My Head
The former Against Me! vocalist returns to the business of blisteringly blunt and spare rock music with elements of her COVID-era folk efforts captured in what often feels like a rough haste.
Grandaddy, Blu Wav
The Modesto lo-fi outfit proves there’s still plenty of life yet in the twice-retired project as they ambitiously venture into uncharted waters.
On their fifth effort, the punk hooligans entrust their signature brash energy and cutting vulnerability to iconic producers Nigel Godrich and Kenny Beats, who help them create their most transformative record to date.
“Zipper Down” has some memorable hooks, and the rhythm section particularly shines, but with this band, it’s best to buy their first two records and remember them for what they were: a fun joke that apparently won’t age that well.
This is a lay-down-and-stare-at-the-ceiling kind of record, one that should be put on repeat during a lazy afternoon spent day-dreaming about past California summer sunsets.
While the LP is definitely satisfying, it’s hard to feel like you’re on Gardens & Villa’s wavelength. Maybe the frequency is just too high for us.
Cursive frontman Tim Kasher promises listeners a lot by naming his solo side project The Good Life.
Stripped down and to the point, Girlpool’s debut full-length “Before the World Was Big” reminds us that, sometimes, less is more.
The rebellious nature of being young and alive in a city is what makes the Violets so great, and “Danger in the Club”’s lack of that spunk is what makes the LP so disappointing.
With this release, the duo’s dream and future is unclear, but one thing is for sure, listening to this album is definitely time wasted.
Listening to the LP is like reliving a moment in time. Even if you weren’t there, you can still feel the heat emulating from the walls.
British trio the Wytches seamlessly blend horror aesthetics with heavy rock riffs on their debut full-length Annabel Dream Reader.
Don’t get me wrong, while the signature fuzz from past OBN IIIs recordings is absent, the Austin, Texas, foursome haven’t completely forgotten their dirty roots.
While the music may not skew as disco as Blondie, Over Me still manages to take on a more refined sound.