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Hot Water Music, “Vows”

The punk outfit’s hallmarks remain as powerful as ever on their guest-heavy tenth record, which feels less like a swan song than a reassertion of intent.

May 20, 2024
In Conversation
Joe Pernice and Jason Lytle’s Cycle-pathic Tendencies

The Pernice Brothers and Grandaddy songwriters share a profound love of biking, so we got the pair to talk about that. And they did. A lot.

May 03, 2024
First Listen
Be Well Find Clarity on New Singles “A Tap I Can’t Turn Off” and “Without a Compass”

Brian McTernan’s hardcore endeavor shares their first new music since their 2022 Hello Sun EP, with both tracks out now via Equal Vision Records.

May 03, 2024
First Listen
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Crash a Quinceañera with a Cover of Olivia Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U”

Punk rock’s premiere cover band/trolls will release the full performance under the title Blow It…at Madison’s Quinceañera on June 14 via Fat Wreck Chords.

May 01, 2024
First Look
Yam Haus Power Through Their “Stupid and Famous” EP in Chicago in New “Live at Lincoln Hall” Video

The set took place on November 18 as the Minneapolis-based indie-pop outfit was touring their then-new release.

April 10, 2024
Reviews
Teens in Trouble, “What’s Mine”

Playful but serious, retro but thoroughly modern, Lizzie Killian sets her insecurities to melodies that belie their ’90s-sourced inspiration on her debut album.

April 09, 2024
Reviews
Deaf Club / Fuck Money, “Deaf Club feat. HIRS Collective & Fuck Money Split”

Challenging and confrontational, both hardcore-punk bands on this split EP manage to capture the violence of life on a dying planet while offering hope that all’s not lost.

April 05, 2024
Digital Cover
Jean Dawson: The Art of Being Yourself

In our latest digital cover, which features an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of his recent tour, we explore the many facets of the artist as he continues to tease his fourth LP while expanding his resumé by writing arrangements for Beyoncé, touring with Lil Yachty, and covering Talking Heads for A24’s upcoming tribute album.

April 02, 2024
Reviews
Fears, “Affinity”

Densely textured yet sparsely minimal, Irish songwriter Constance Keane’s second solo album is unrelenting in its intense emotions.

March 25, 2024
Reviews
Carpool, “My Life in Subtitles”

The Rochester emo-pop four-piece gets the balance of tender elegy and post-adolescent reckless abandon perfectly right on all 12 of their sophomore album’s formidable songs.

March 22, 2024
Reviews
The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Glasgow Eyes”

The Scottish duo’s first album in seven years shimmers with a noticeable sense of freedom as the tracklist unspools into a free-for-all collection that’s both challenging and fulfilling.

March 21, 2024
Reviews
Boeckner, “Boeckner!”

Although dominated by his distinctive vocal warbling, Boeckner’s solo debut is far from just Wolf Parade lite as it leans into retro-futuristic takes on Springsteen, Depeche Mode, and other sounds of the ’80s.

March 14, 2024
Reviews
Mother Mother, “Grief Chapter”

A powerful meditation on the real nature of death, their ninth album demonstrates that the Vancouver five-piece hasn’t settled into anything even remotely routine.

February 26, 2024
Reviews
Friko, “Where we’ve been, Where we go from here”

Fueled by the same raw and unfiltered emotional gravitas that haunted Bright Eyes’ early recordings, the Chicago duo’s lush debut draws you into a rich, layered world.

February 23, 2024
First Listen
Best Ex Enlist Soft Faith for a Valentine’s Day Remix of “Die for You”

Mariel Loveland and Soft Faith’s Aaron Thompson chatted with us about their burgeoning creative partnership and the heavy themes beneath the track’s pop sheen.

February 14, 2024
First Listen
Strung Out Find Room for Hope, Community, and Defiance in Video for New Track “New Gods”

The California punk band’s tenth album Dead Rebellion arrives April 5 via Fat Wreck Chords.

February 13, 2024
First Listen
My Satellite Combine Futuristic Sonics with Analog Instrumentation on New Track “Minotaur”

Bryan Stage and Andy Marshall’s experimental project shares the first taste of their new LP Person, which documents a failed relationship from beginning to end.

February 09, 2024
Reviews
J Mascis, “What Do We Do Now”

The Dinosaur Jr. frontman’s fourth solo album is haunted and melancholic, wistful and naively questioning—Mascis at his finest.

February 06, 2024
First Listen
Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue Channels His Grandparents’ Spirits on New Country Ballad “Death Valley Honeymoon”

With a feature from Cat Clyde, the single arrives with news of a new LP from Kensrue titled Desert Dreaming.

February 06, 2024
Essay
Daniel Johnston in the Digital Age

Opening the vault on the late songwriter’s live recordings, Kramer’s Shimmy-Disc label repurposes Johnston’s most ramshackle analog sounds for the streaming era.

January 24, 2024
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