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Fucked Up, “The Chemistry of Common Life: Revisionist History”

The Canadian punks’ Polaris-winning sophomore LP proved that hardcore could stray outside of its traditionally narrow confines without sacrificing the band’s reputation within the genre.

February 26, 2024
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.

February 16, 2024
British Sea Power, “Do You Like Rock Music?” [15th Anniversary Edition]

The remastered 2008 LP is rounded out with B-sides and BBC live recordings which further immerse the listener in the time period.

February 13, 2024
Loving, “Any Light”

The Canadian duo blossoms into their own on their soft and breezy sophomore collection of hypnagogic folk pop.

February 12, 2024
Brittany Howard, “What Now”

The Alabama Shakes vocalist’s larger-than-life-sounding voice dominates her sophomore solo album as she addresses themes of self-empowerment, self-motivation, and moving on.

February 09, 2024
Track by Track
Planet B Take Us Track by Track Through Their Clairvoyant New LP “Fiction Prediction”

Justin Pearson breaks down the themes and collaborations that formed his second full-length with the deeply experimental synth-punk project.

February 09, 2024
The Paranoid Style, “The Interrogator”

The DC garage-pop band throws caution to the wind on their fourth album, which sounds as fresh as a debut as they tear through 13 songs in what feels like the time it takes to flip to Side B.

February 05, 2024
Courting, “New Last Name”

Moving at a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it speed that never ceases to captivate, the post-punk quartet makes a case for appreciating life and all its wonders at breakneck speed on their second LP.

January 29, 2024
Touché Amoré, “Is Survived By: Revived”

Remixed and remastered, the post-hardcore group’s 2013 LP sounds crisper here, with a cleaner separation of sound that does far more justice to the tight performances by each band member.

January 22, 2024
Spiritualized, “Amazing Grace” [20th Anniversary Reissue]

The second installment in the Spaceman Reissue Program series brings more clarity to J. Spaceman’s uncharacteristically collaborative, exuberant, and sincere 2003 effort.

January 19, 2024
Green Day, “Saviors”

The pop-punk trio try to make sense of the present moment while continuing to push the project’s boundaries toward easy-to-digest rock songs nicely balanced by soft punk flourishes.

January 18, 2024
Staff Picks
The Most Unique Merch of 2023

Here are 24 of the most stylish, bizarre, and NSFW items still available to purchase at your favorite artist’s webstore to commemorate a particularly interesting year in music.

January 11, 2024
Staff Picks
My Year in Rock: The 100 Best Live Performances

From alt-country in Boise to melodic death metal in Central Europe, our most diem-carpe-ing contributor ranks his experiences after witnessing nearly 150 sets over the course of 365 days.

January 03, 2024
Pile, “Hot Air Balloon”

The five songs on Rick Maguire and his band’s soft follow-up to last year’s All Fiction exude a cozy feel that favors a comfortable, even homespun-sounding, experience.

January 03, 2024
Nirvana’s “In Utero”: The Heart-Shaped Album That Married Mainstream and Indie Rock

On the heels of its 30th anniversary—inspiring a massive remastered box set and an expanded version of Michael Azerrad’s iconic band biography—we look back on the LP that unexpectedly gave Nevermind a run for its money.

November 09, 2023
Helena Deland, “Goodnight Summerland”

The focus of the Montreal-based songwriter’s impossibly quiet second record is squarely on tapping into the natural world and reminding us of the wonders that it provides us with.

October 17, 2023
The Rural Alberta Advantage, “The Rise & the Fall”

The Canadian trio’s aptly titled fifth record features peaks and valleys of mood and intensity throughout, each song charged with a different distinct feeling.

October 16, 2023
The Drums, “Jonny”

On what could be considered his first true solo record, Jonny Pierce processes decades of grief on a collection of songs that twinkles, soothes, and inspires.

October 13, 2023
The Breeders, “Last Splash” [30th Anniversary Edition]

Although perhaps eclipsed by the bonus-track-heavy deluxe edition from 10 years ago, this latest reissue of the alt-rock pioneers’ sophomore LP signals another splash of interest in Kim Deal’s post-Pixies career.

September 25, 2023
Track by Track
Baroness Break Down Their Sludgy New LP “Stone” Track by Track

Band members Nick Jost and Sebastian Thomson walk us through the Savannah, Georgia–based metal group’s sixth full-length.

September 15, 2023
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