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cleopatrick are making guitar music that matters on debut album ‘BUMMER’
cleopatrick are making guitar music that matters on debut album ‘BUMMER’
Simply put, Ian Fraser and Luke Gruntz want to make guitar music that matters. Together as cleopatrick, they’re churning out heavy-hitting rock songs that are steeped in growing up, getting knocked around (and, later, standing up for yourself) and wanting to leave everything behind—all bounded by decimating feedback that’s become the band’s signature. On their long-awaited ...
Aly & AJ’s first album in 14 years will be the soundtrack of your summer
Aly & AJ’s first album in 14 years will be the soundtrack of your summer
It has been 14 years since Aly & AJ released an album, but they are back and ready to soundtrack your summer. Thanks to their music as well as various acting gigs, Aly & AJ secured their place as pop culture staples in the 2000s. Their last album Insomniatic included the iconic “Potential Breakup Song,” which the sisters recently reimagined with more explicit lyrics.  Now, Aly &... Rea
Waterparks debut new track “Numb” live on Anti Tour performance—review
Waterparks debut new track “Numb” live on Anti Tour performance—review
With the devastating mass cancellations of live shows this past year, artists have been trying to find creative ways to connect with their fans in a safe way. What that means in practice is that we’ve seen a lot of online performances, some better than others, but most self-recorded from artists’ living rooms and studio spaces. The early ...
REVIEW: Anti-Flag live by the political messages they promote in new doc
REVIEW: Anti-Flag live by the political messages they promote in new doc
Anti-Flag are a sharp and substantive band who will have a legacy that stands the test of time. But don’t just take our word for it. Watch Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, Rise Against frontman/guitarist Tim McIlrath, Brian Baker of both Minor Threat and Bad Religion and many more musicians sing the band’s praises in the new documentary Beyond Barricad
Green Day’s ‘Father Of All…’ set the rules, you just move to them—review
Green Day’s ‘Father Of All…’ set the rules, you just move to them—review
Let’s cut to the quick: Green Day are the greatest punk band in the world. They’ve almost kept the same members during their near 35-year history. The trio—Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool—were always the strongest of all the cultural “gateway drugs.” They have nothing to prove ...
The Devil Wears Prada refuse to play it safe with ‘The Act’—review
The Devil Wears Prada refuse to play it safe with ‘The Act’—review
After announcing The Act, the Devil Wears Prada said the new album would be pushing the boundaries of their sound, and they’ve done exactly that. Although a sharp directional shift can often be detrimental to a band at this point in their career, the Devil Wears Prada didn’t want to make a safe record, and the experimentation has breathed new life into the quartet.  Oftent...
blink-182 made ‘NINE’ a pop-punk record for the next generation—review
blink-182 made ‘NINE’ a pop-punk record for the next generation—review
In 2011, blink-182 bassist-turned-superdad Mark Hoppus joined a panel of punk pillars in the cast of The Other F Word. The documentary showcased the lives of rock stars who assumed the exact position they railed against: fathers. blink’s highly anticipated ninth release, NINE, carries the same energy of a slightly younger Hoppus describing family life. A...
Sleep On It turn pain into art with ‘Pride & Disaster’—review
Sleep On It turn pain into art with ‘Pride & Disaster’—review
There are many who believe pop punk has been played out. Nowadays, there seems to be an expectation to push the genre where it’s never been while maintaining that nostalgic feel. In a world where fans crave a brand-new sound with each release yet ultimately want you to remain the same, Sleep On It have created an album that proves what every band should strive for—growth.  There’...
Starset deliver a metallic sci-fi experience on “Divisions”
Starset deliver a metallic sci-fi experience on “Divisions”
“Manifest,” the first real song (after the spoken-word piece “A Brief History Of The Future”) on sci-fi modern-rock outfit Starset’s new album, is both a call to adventure and a mission statement. Frontman Dustin Bates' vocal prowess is richly melodic and in the present without having to resort to going alien Cookie Monster on us. But it’s the ugly detuned ri...
Melanie Martinez returns to ‘K-12’ for an even grander life lesson—review
Melanie Martinez returns to ‘K-12’ for an even grander life lesson—review
Melanie Martinez had some big expectations to fill off the release of her 2015 debut, Cry Baby. The alt-pop songstress constructed a whole world around the titular character—a version of herself reimagined. While Cry Baby focuses on the internal struggle of family life and troubling romance, K-12 kicks the front door down to show there’s a whole outside, one that's equally as fucked up. Setting...

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