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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
Selfish Things drop debut ‘Logos’ with Spencer Chamberlain, more—listen
Selfish Things drop debut ‘Logos’ with Spencer Chamberlain, more—listen
Since their first single appeared on Spotify in 2015, Selfish Things have consistently set the precedent of quality over quantity, and they have yet to fail on that front. Following the release of the quartet’s 2018 EP, Vertical Love, they’re back with their premiere full-length record, Logos, out now via Pure Noise Records.  Read mor...
Quicksand’s ‘Interiors’ channels inherent optimism, 22 years later
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 less dense than their prior work—intentionally brittle and wiry at points, opting for dissonance to replicate punch, rather than hip-hop cadence and raspy vocals. Twenty-two years later ...
Speak The Truth debut album taps into the sounds of the early 2000s
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 Fail collaboration. While Everyone You Love Will Slip Away From You is a contemporary work in its own right, it does tap into the beloved sounds of early 2000s emo, pop punk and post-hardcore and will surely leave longtime fans more
Converge maintain their status as leaders with ‘The Dusk In Us’
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 letting things burn with solemnity like a raft at a Viking funeral. Perhaps it's fatalist code for the members of Converge, who, after decades of consistently putting their minds (and bodies) at full velocity in service to their art, ma
Heavy Hearts’ ‘On A Chain’ is a hard-hitting follow-up to their 2016 full-length
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 their 2016 full-length, Bliss. The band maintain their captivating alt-rock blend, but On A Chain builds on the emo-laden energy they fostered on previous releases. Justin Gla ...
Jake Ewald reaches maturity on his second solo record
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 project, Slaughter Beach, Dog, as its own entity: 2016’s debut, Welcome, felt like an unexplored extension of his talent, songs that didn’t fit his band’s ethos. It was a bit mathier ...
Ash Costello and Rob Zombie bring Halloween to daily life with ‘Party Monsters’
Ash Costello and Rob Zombie bring Halloween to daily life with ‘Party Monsters’
The Haxans Party Monsters ROCKS LIKE: Creature Feature, the Birthday Massacre, Jack Off Jill WHAT'S DIFFERENT: While the Haxans’ members may be derived from two bands that are positively spooky—New Years Day and Rob Zombie—their debut album brings the idea of Halloween every day to fruition, turning up the boo-scary and the fun dials up to 666. Delivering groovy tu ...

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