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Anti-Flag, “Lies They Tell Our Children”

The Pittsburgh politipunks’ 13th studio album is a culmination of everything they’ve been singing about since forming back in the late-’80s.

January 04, 2023
Bruce Springsteen, “Only the Strong Survive”

These 15 covers of R&B and soul classics are treated with both the reverence they deserve on their own terms, and with which Springsteen also clearly holds for them.

November 11, 2022
Track by Track
Young Culture Walk Us Through Their Forward-Looking New LP “You Had to Be There”

Alex Magnan breaks down each track on the NYC-based trio’s latest, out now via Equal Vision.

November 11, 2022
Sparta, “Sparta”

This self-titled fifth album is the sound of Jim Ward both finding and re-finding himself, his heritage and future coalescing with mostly youthful ebullience.

November 07, 2022
Birds in Row, “Gris Klein”

The 11 songs that comprise the French experimental post-hardcore trio’s third album are magnified reflections of the grotesqueries of modern life and society.

November 04, 2022
In Conversation
The Jesus and Mary Chain Still Make Perfect Sense

Ahead of their headlining set at Austin’s Levitation Fest this weekend, Jim Reid reflects on 40 years of the Scottish band’s existence, and shares what may lie ahead.

October 24, 2022
Pinkshift, “Love Me Forever”

A mix of punk, post-hardcore, grunge, and pop, the Baltimore trio’s debut is a stunning burst of influences and experiences coalescing in a swirling swathe of anger and injustice.

October 21, 2022
Track by Track
Archers of Loaf Take Us Through Their Reunion LP “Reason in Decline” Track by Track

Eric Bachmann takes us deeper into the band’s first LP since 1998, out now via Merge.

October 21, 2022
First Listen
Born Without Bones Turn Adversity on Its Head in Video for New Track “Fistful of Bees”

The Massachusetts punks’ new album Dancer arrives November 4 via Pure Noise.

October 12, 2022
Naomi Alligator, “Double Knot”

On her label debut, Corrinne James is still laying her vulnerabilities on the line in what sounds like the most intimate setting.

October 10, 2022
No Devotion Are Bouncing Back From Oblivion

Geoff Rickly shares how the continuation of what looked like a one-off side-project allowed him to scratch an itch left untouched by the recent Thursday reunion.

October 07, 2022
Greg Puciato, “Mirrorcell”

This sophomore solo LP is an exhilarating ride with some moments of magic, but one that never quite reaches the inimitable heights that Dillinger Escape Plan offered.

October 04, 2022
Anthony Green, “Boom. Done.”

The Circa Survive vocalist’s latest solo release sees him turn all his pained experience and existential torment into a gorgeous soundtrack to pure, distilled feeling.

October 03, 2022
TOLEDO, “How It Ends”

There’s a real darkness holding the quiet hush of the Brooklyn-based duo’s debut full-length together, which reveals a deep pain and trauma if you pay attention.

September 30, 2022
Dead Kennedys, “Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables” (2022 Mix)

The West Coast punks’ 1980 debut full-length stands as both an important historical document and a necessary, contemporary reflection of the world today.

September 28, 2022
The Mars Volta, “The Mars Volta”

This self-titled record takes The Mars Volta in the most unexpected of directions as it firmly shakes off any preconceptions of what this band is or ever was.

September 26, 2022
Pianos Become the Teeth, “Drift”

The fifth full-length from the Baltimore post-hardcore outfit is a beautifully bleak yet overwhelmingly comforting examination of life.

September 12, 2022
Spielbergs, “Vestli”

Despite being a record about feeling stuck, the Norwegian trio’s sophomore LP shimmers with an infectious freedom and inexorable vitality.

September 07, 2022
Queen Kwong, “Couples Only”

Carré Callaway’s latest is a brilliant testament to human endurance, to battling extreme adversity, to keeping going when you really don’t want to.

September 06, 2022
Voxtrot Are Re-Learning Their Significance

Ramesh Srivastava discusses self-growth, making big statements, and reviving the band after 12 years.

August 31, 2022
R.E.M., “Chronic Town” [Reissue]

While this motley crew surely had no idea of the profound impact their songs would go on to have on alternative music and culture, this 1982 debut EP nevertheless sounds revolutionary, vital, important.

August 19, 2022
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, “XI: Bleed Here Now”

It’s the cumulative effect of the Austin rockers’ 11th LP that makes this album what it is: an interdimensional fever dream that reinvents the entire history of modern music.

July 15, 2022
Arlo McKinley, “This Mess We’re In”

The latest from the Cincinnati-based folk songwriter captures the extremes of the human experience, the highs and lows of being alive.

July 14, 2022
Damien Jurado, “Reggae Film Star”

The songwriter’s 18th LP is a haunted concept album that brings to life the tired hearts, souls, and minds of characters based in a distant, perhaps parallel, past.

June 24, 2022
Track by Track
Petrol Girls Take Us Through Their Fiery New LP “Baby” Track by Track

The Austrian political-punk four-piece’s unfortunately timely third record is out now via Hassle Records.

June 24, 2022
First Listen
The Flatliners Dig Deep Into Anxiety in the Video for New Single “Souvenir”

The Ontario punks’ sixth full-length New Ruin is out August 5 via Fat Wreck Records.

June 21, 2022
Joyce Manor on Continuing to Create Constellations of Time, Space, and Experience

Barry Johnson talks blending past and present on 40 oz. to Fresno, and how curiosity continues to fuel the West Coast pop-punk outfit.

June 14, 2022
All Get Out, “Kodak”

The band’s fourth full-length is a powerful homage to the good, the bad, and the stasis of smalltown America.

June 10, 2022
Andrew Bird, “Inside Problems”

Bird’s 13th full-length is a delirious journey into a world that’s both recognizable and exaggerated, half-real and half-fictional.

June 07, 2022
Angel Olsen, “Big Time”

For her sixth full-length, Olsen has erected a country-tinged shield around the heart of her songs which often makes them feel more like pastiche than a sincere effort at conveying her usual heartfelt emotion.

June 06, 2022
Dehd, “Blue Skies”

The 13 songs on the Chicago trio’s fourth album conjure up memories of the kind of childhood you see in movies, the kind of love that you’ve dreamed of forever but never had.

May 31, 2022
Kayleigh Goldsworthy, “Learning to Be Happy”

The Philly-based songwriter’s latest solo release is a deeply personal, revealing, and vulnerable collection of songs that sounds like hearts breaking for eternity.

May 25, 2022
Track by Track
Bottled Up Walk Us Through Their Post-Genre Opus “Grand Bizarre” Track by Track

The D.C. group’s new album is out this Friday via Misra Records.

May 25, 2022
SPICE, “Viv”

Far from embracing the abrasive nature of the punk and hardcore scenes its members come from, the 10 songs on this sophomore LP lean heavily into what could almost be described as pop.

May 24, 2022
Joe Rainey, “Niineta”

The debut LP from the Red Lake Ojibwe Pow Wow singer is comprised of 10 songs that bristle with beautiful tension and a deep, dark, wordless poetry.

May 20, 2022
Cliffdiver, “Exercise Your Demons”

The first proper album from the punk seven-piece thrives with a sense of wild abandon and sheer joy at being alive.

May 04, 2022
Spiritualized, “Everything Was Beautiful”

This ninth full-length offers a contemporary yet simultaneously anachronistic soundtrack to a world that’s become even more fucked in the four years since its prequel was released.

April 21, 2022
Tim Kasher, “Middling Age”

The urgency and intention and raw, ragged truth that usually defines the Cursive frontman’s work is often lost within his latest solo LP’s arrangements.

April 15, 2022
Proper., “The Great American Novel”

For this Bartees Strange–produced third record, the emo trio explore how Black genius often goes ignored.

April 05, 2022
Desaparecidos, “Live at Shea Stadium”

This 2015 performance from Conor Oberst’s punk band pays less attention to being in tune than it does to turning the rage of the songs into tangible energy.

April 01, 2022
Placebo, “Never Let Me Go”

The duo’s first full-length in almost nine years recaptures the glory of their earlier days more than the path of slight self-parody they had occasionally veered into since.

March 25, 2022
Good Grief, “Shake Your Faith”

While there are slivers of Superchunk, early R.E.M., The Lemonheads, and Hüsker Dü here, the Liverpool punks’ debut also shimmers with its own distinct personality.

March 21, 2022
Jawbreaker on Survival, Reconciling with the Past, and the Legacy of “Dear You”

We caught up with Blake Schwarzenbach ahead of the punk trio’s belated 25-year anniversary tour for their last record, which kicks off tonight.

March 18, 2022
Hot Water Music, “Feel the Void”

This tenth studio album from the Gainesville punks is a positive and triumphant dance in the face of trauma.

March 18, 2022
Shout Out Louds, “House”

The Stockholm-based band’s sixth full-length draws you deeply into the warm memories that serve as its foundation.

March 09, 2022
Zeal & Ardor, “Zeal & Ardor”

This third album of black metal incorporating African-American spirituals steps further into the future while reasserting the gruesome events of the past.

March 08, 2022
Rolo Tomassi, Where Myth Becomes Memory

The balance between light and dark is both more pronounced and more nuanced than ever before on the British metal band’s sixth album.

February 04, 2022
R.E.M., “New Adventures in Hi-Fi” [25th Anniversary Edition]

The addition of live recordings, B-sides, and covers from the era provide great context for this album, adding to its dark, gritty atmosphere.

November 01, 2021
We Were Promised Jetpacks, “Enjoy the View”

The group’s 5th LP tones down the dark, nervous energy that was previously at the core of their identity.

September 23, 2021

The duo’s 13th full-length often sounds less like a collection of songs than a manifestation of the frequency of existence.

September 22, 2021
Thrice, “Horizons/East”

This 11th studio album isn’t as cohesive as some of the band’s previous efforts, but it shows they’re still evolving.

September 20, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: The Bots on Bringing the Past Into the Present on “2 Seater”

Mikaiah Lei discusses the new perspective that influenced his sophomore album that was seven years in the making.

September 08, 2021
Pet Symmetry, “Future Suits”

Beneath the facepalm titles on the band’s third full-length lie songs full of heart, purpose, and meaning.

August 13, 2021
In Conversation
Mountain Time Unveils Part 3 of Their “The Story of Saint Francis, Zookeeper” Video Series

Chris Simpson also talks the past, present, and future of the band in a Q&A about his accompanying vinyl reissue project.

August 13, 2021
Bleachers, “Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night”

The third full-length from Jack Antonoff feels devoid of heart and soul, fizzling and fading forgettably into the background.

August 02, 2021
Alexis Marshall, “House of Lull . House of When”

The Daughters vocalist’s solo debut captures the collapse of society over the course of a tormented, uneven 9 tracks.

July 22, 2021
Karen Black, “Dreaming of You (1971-1976)”

The posthumous debut from the New Hollywood actress is an album of ghosts and haunted hearts.

July 19, 2021
A Place to Bury Strangers, “Hologram”

There’s still darkness present on the noise rock band’s latest EP, but it’s more of a shadow than an abyss.

July 14, 2021
Art & Culture
Brett Newski Shares a Glimpse Into His New Book of Sketches “It’s Hard to Be a Person”

The songwriter’s new collection of drawings is a practical, humorous, and irreverent guide to overcoming his (and, by extension, our) anxieties and depression.

June 22, 2021
Various Artists, “Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack”

While often an uneven mess of sound, there are some real gems to be found on this DC Comics compilation.

June 18, 2021
Jim Ward, “Daggers”

The debut LP from the At the Drive-In co-founder tussles with indie-pop and boisterous stadium rock.

June 18, 2021
The Bruce Lee Band, “Division in the Heartland”

The ska-punk collective finds itself as boisterous, relevant, and energetic as ever before on their new EP.

June 01, 2021
Lord Huron’s Ben Schneider Walks Us Through His Artwork for “Long Lost”

The songwriter/visual artist discusses 11 pieces that tie into the fictional Whispering Pines universe.

June 01, 2021
Juliana Hatfield, “Blood”

Hatfield’s 17th collection of original solo material is a fever dream entirely of the indie legend’s own creation.

May 19, 2021
Weezer, “Van Weezer”

While this homage to hard rock isn’t a return to the great heights the band has scaled in the past, it’s also far removed from the valleys they’ve trudged through.

May 12, 2021
Big Mother Gig, “Gusto”

There’s a loose recklessness to these classic alt-rock melodies that convey being stuck in a rut—but also the determination to get out of it.

May 10, 2021
Gojira, “Fortitude”

The French prog metal collective’s seventh album is a tornado of blastbeats, guttural growls, and devilish incantations.

May 07, 2021
Susan Embraces the Patheticness of Love on New Single “Hold Still”

In a Q&A, the London-based artist shared their thoughts on the classical new single, transness, and the duality of identity.

April 30, 2021
Skullcrusher, “Storm in Summer”

Helen Ballentine’s sophomore EP is just as resplendent and poignant as that first release.

April 23, 2021
Flock of Dimes, “Head of Roses”

On the outfit’s second LP, Jenn Wasner refrains from giving in entirely to obvious melodies and instrumentation.

April 22, 2021
Feeling Spaced: 25 Years of Modest Mouse’s “This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About”

A quarter of a decade on, the band’s debut remains a worthy companion for both aimless road trips and personal crossroads.

April 16, 2021
Corvair, “Corvair”

This self-titled debut draws on the members’ vast pool of experience, as well as the chemistry of their intertwined personal lives.

April 13, 2021
The Clean, “Mister Pop” [vinyl reissue]

This 2009 LP is a reinforcement of The Clean’s rightful place in the pantheon of quirky alternative rock.

March 25, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: Ben Howard on the Unlikely Tales of “Collections From the Whiteout”

The songwriter discusses his new Aaron Dessner–produced LP and the unreal times that inspired it.

March 24, 2021
Chad VanGaalen, “World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener”

VanGaalen’s seventh proper studio album is pure nourishment for the soul—the sound of nature taking over again.

March 22, 2021
Future Teens, “Deliberately Alive”

The bummer-pop quartet’s latest is an EP of feelings, memories, regrets and hope of actively seeking the elixir for life’s hardships.

March 12, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: Frank Watkinson on Cheering Viewers Up with Sad Songs

The viral YouTube covers artist humbly discusses his unexpected rise to online stardom.

March 11, 2021
Mogwai, “As the Love Continues”

While the amusement value of the track list is high, the music lags behind at times.

February 19, 2021
God Is an Astronaut, “Ghost Tapes #10”

This is the sound of a band burrowing deep into the heart of its genre, ripping it apart and reviving.

February 16, 2021
The Drives’ “The Comedown” Offers a Little Optimism Even as It Acknowledges the Hurt

The LA rockers kick off 2021 with an upbeat—though emotionally complex—single.

January 29, 2021
Speed Stick, “Volume One”

The debut from the avant-garde supergroup demonstrates the power of collaboration, but struggles with cohesion and emotional drive.

January 22, 2021
The Dirty Nil, “Fuck Art”

The Canadian punks’ pugnacious third LP is also their most tender and nuanced release yet.

January 15, 2021
Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou, “The Helm of Sorrow”

The doomy pair share more mournful explosions of existential tragedy and aggressive solemnity that transcend genre.

January 15, 2021
The Kills, “Little Bastards”

This B-sides comp demonstrates the one-dimensionality at the heart of the rock duo’s two-decade career.

December 15, 2020
The Coathangers, “The Coathangers” (Deluxe Edition)

The Atlanta garage rockers’ debut is the sound of four women who don’t give a damn for convention or perception.

December 11, 2020
The War on Drugs, “Live Drugs”

The songs on the group’s first live album sound more lush and textured than they do on their recorded counterparts.

November 30, 2020
Soul Glo, “Songs to Yeet at the Sun”

At under 12 minutes, the Philly hardcore band all punch hard while documenting what it’s like to be a Black band in a white scene.

November 09, 2020
Jeremiah Sand, “Lift It Down”

The “Mandy” tie-in record convincingly blurs the line between truth and fiction with songs that, on their own merits, are actually pretty cool.

November 05, 2020
Jónsi, “Shiver”

While its experimental attitude should be applauded, “Shiver” is at its best when Jonsí tiptoes across familiar ground.

October 16, 2020
Osees, “Protean Threat”

These 13 tracks are as oddball and incohesive as should be expected from the California band.

September 18, 2020
Stream Overo and Asthenia’s New Split 7-Inch

In lieu of their planned Japanese tour, Houston’s Overo and Tokyo’s Asthenia share four new songs.

September 14, 2020
Throwing Muses, “Sun Racket”

“Sun Racket” finds frontwoman Kristin Hersh on her trademark fine and fiery form.

September 14, 2020
Old Kerry McKee Embraces His Project’s Chaotic Old-Timey Energy in “Cattle and Wolves” Video

The new video from the Swedish blues/death-metal musician feels perfectly on-brand.

September 09, 2020
In Conversation
In Conversation: Bright Eyes Persevere on “Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was”

Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nate Walcott discuss how picking up where they left off in 2011 has been a source of comfort for them.

August 19, 2020
Jason Molina, “Eight Gates”

There’s a real sense of dread and foreboding in the posthumous record’s dark sinews.

August 10, 2020
In Conversation
In Conversation: Joe Casey Discusses Protomartyr’s Latest Attempt at a “Happy” Album

The Detroit post-punk group’s fifth album “Ultimate Success Today” is out this Friday.

July 14, 2020
No Age, “Goons Be Gone”

The LA duo’s fifth record is full of weird and unexpected twists and turns.

July 10, 2020
Built to Spill, “Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston”

The sheer scope of Johnston’s talent shines brightly on Built to Spill’s album-length homage.

June 12, 2020
PREMIERE: Plasma Canvas Revisit 2 a.m. Phone Calls on “Saturn”

The Fort Collins punks share the latest single from their forthcoming EP “KILLERMAJESTIC.”

May 27, 2020