Sunday, July 12, 2020

Phinehas’ ‘Dark Flag’ is cohesive, striking and beautiful

Phinehas Dark Flag Phinehas’ new concept record, Dark Flag, contemplates the horrendous assaults on human rights that reportedly occur in North Korea under the Kim regime. While the band...

Quicksand’s ‘Interiors’ channels inherent optimism, 22 years later

Quicksand Interiors The last time Quicksand released a formal LP, Bill Clinton was in office. 1995’s Manic Compression lead off with a bashing track called “Backward” that was noticeably...

Speak The Truth debut album taps into the sounds of the early 2000s

Speak The Truth... Even If Your Voice Shakes Everyone You Love Will Slip Away From You Happily, this album is pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a Finch/Senses...

Sleep On It show off their songwriting chops on ‘Overexposed’

Sleep On It Overexposed Sleep On It cemented themselves as ones to watch with their Lost Along The Way EP last October. Just one year later, they’ve dropped their...

Converge maintain their status as leaders with ‘The Dusk In Us’

Converge The Dusk In Us Right from the start, the very title of Converge's ninth album portends something ominous. The Dusk In Us conveys a sense of resignation of...

Weezer take a more experimental approach on ‘Pacific Daydream’

Weezer Pacific Daydream When placed beside last year’s White Album, Weezer’s 11th studio album is both a continuation and a departure. The 2016 version of the band worshipped at...

Heavy Hearts’ ‘On A Chain’ is a hard-hitting follow-up to their 2016 full-length

Heavy Hearts On A Chain ROCKS LIKE: Brand New, Balance And Composure, Citizen WHAT’S DIFFERENT: Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, four-piece Heavy Hearts’ new EP is a hard-hitting follow-up to...

Julien Baker proves she’s had enough pain for several lifetimes on new album

Julien Baker Turn Out The Lights ROCKS LIKE: Elliot Smith, Keaton Henson, Explosions In The Sky  WHAT'S DIFFERENT: Julien Baker’s second solo effort is as devastating as her much-lauded 2015...

‘The Canyon’ is the Used’s most soul-wrenching effort to date

The Used The Canyon "An album that punches you in the gut with feeling."  There’s a reason The Canyon opens up with Used frontman Bert McCracken’s voice breaking just 30...

Jake Ewald reaches maturity on his second solo record

Slaughter Beach, Dog Birdie ROCKS LIKE: The Weakerthans, Modern Baseball, Pinegrove WHAT'S DIFFERENT: Like the band that built him, Modern Baseball co-frontman Jake Ewald treats each record from his solo...

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