Maneka on tapping into Bad Brains’ jazzier side with new album ‘Dark Matters’—interview

When Bad Brains embarked on their reunion tour in 2008, Devin McKnight fondly remembers the band’s swerve between headlong hardcore and reggae when he saw them at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. “It showed the breadth of their influence and style, even though it was such a stark change,” he explains over Zoom. “So I’ve always […]

The best punk drummers of the 2000s, from Travis Barker to Meg White

As the new century’s first decade unwound, things evolved or deteriorated rapidly, depending on your perspective. The entire world was changing in every aspect. So of course, punk rock was gonna change with it. The fundamentalists would scream and moan about how these changes weren’t punk at all, that we needed to go back to […]

Pink Siifu won't repeat the story—he has to "give you a whole new book"

Within minutes of speaking to Pink Siifu, it’s clear that he’s a student of music who’s bursting with ideas. He mentions Pink Floyd in the same breath as Alice Coltrane, rattling off several more names that delight and inspire him. Like those artists, Siifu’s music demonstrates the same breadth and richness, tilting between punk-inflected free […]

AP&R: WARGASM, U.S. Velvet and other rising artists to check out this month

Every month, Alternative Press is sharing some of our favorite new releases. From rap to riot grrrl, this month’s AP&R list spans across different genres, bringing you a unique list of rising artists. Check out these budding artists who will soon become your new favorite below. Read more: AP&R: BLACKSTARKIDS and other rising artists to check […]

20 songs that transformed punk, from "Raw Power" to "Rebel Girl"

There are a lot of people out there who know what punk rock is but have no idea how to explain it to a novice or an outsider. It would seem simple enough to define it as “three-chord teenage rebel music,” but what about all those songs that have four or more chords? Or all […]

Snail Mail defied fears of the sophomore slump to make 'Valentine'

When it was time to start work on the second Snail Mail album, Lindsey Jordan only had a couple of songs ready. “If I don’t actually have anything to write about, I’m not gonna write anything. I don’t want to. I don’t want to waste my time — I don’t want to waste anybody else’s […]

15 artists who completely reinvented their sound from album to album

Artists can easily find themselves forced into a box, shaped by fan expectations or public assumptions about how they should sound. No matter how much some people want to break away from the norm, it’s difficult to escape from what made them big in the first place. That concern doesn’t apply to these artists, though. […]

Mild High Club drop first album in four years, ‘Going Going Gone’—listen

Mild High Club, the project of producer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Brettin, have released their first album in four years, Going Going Gone, via Stones Throw Records. The album, co-written and co-produced by Brettin, takes a more political approach than previous releases. With Vicky “Farewell” Nguyen’s guidance, the 12-song record acts as a seamless journey, flowing […]

BADBADNOTGOOD drop "Beside April" ahead of 'Talk Memory' tour —listen

Canadian jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD are setting themselves in motion with their latest single “Beside April” ahead of their upcoming album, Talk Memory. The new song is accompanied by a music video directed by photographer Camille Summers-Valli. Read more: We Came As Romans release “Black Hole” ahead of ‘To Plant A Seed’ tour The visual follows […]

Frances Forever hopes 'paranoia party' can bring people together

Frances Forever, otherwise known as singer-songwriter Frances Garrett, has perfected their sound on paranoia party. Garrett guides listeners to the peak of their emotions, balancing melody and melancholy without pushing anyone over the edge. Refusing to be confined to any labels, the EP whirls between lighthearted doo-wop (“depression”), jazz (“daytime”) and more.  When we speak, […]

For Nicolás Jaar and Dave Harrington, DARKSIDE remain a shared language                                                                                                      

Hearing Dave Harrington, one-half of beloved duo DARKSIDE, gush about Miles Davis and the Grateful Dead makes you want to invite him over for an all-night listening session. When asked about his warm-up routine, Harrington jumps out of his seat to grab his guitar, explaining how he took it upon himself to learn “a particularly […]

10 women who made the ’90s one of the most memorable decades of music

Among all the music that the ‘90s brought us, there’s one common denominator—kick-ass women vocalists. From the emergence of grunge to the golden age of hip-hop settling in its place, the ‘90s proved to be a decade where artists expressed the exasperations of womanhood with all of their might. As women lead singers began to […]

Halsey announces upcoming album ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’

UPDATE: JULY 7, 2021, 5:00 P.M. E.T. Halsey officially released the cover art for their fourth album via Instagram. The photographic artwork celebrates the beauty of the body after childbirth and the duality of autonomy. As if depicted by a Renaissance painting, a baby sits on their lap with a curled-over hand and wrinkled blanket. […]

Monument Of A Memory explore new sound in "Seeking Somewhere"—watch

Monument Of A Memory are experimenting with a new sound in the video for their latest single, “Seeking Somewhere.” Singing about broken promises and shattered hearts, vocalist/drummer Dylan Newhouse also put his love of fashion to use for the extravagant visual. The blood, romance and longing depicted in the video all add to the song’s […]

10 underrated songs from 2000s bands that are just as good as their hits

The 2000s scene nostalgia is real. However, while our “phases” may have never ended, we tend to look back on the era with a limited scope. It’s no wonder that popular tracks by favorites such as Three Days Grace and Linkin Park stand at the forefront of our memories. After all, we could barely turn on […]

As It Is share retro, jazz-inspired takes on third reimagined EP

As It Is just dropped their third EP in The Great Depression: Reimagined series that shows the band delving into jazz, electronic and more.  Earlier this week, the band announced the third EP. Back in March, they told fans that they’d be reimagining their 2018 album in a series of four parts released as separate […]

Post Malone gets jazzy saxophone cover of “Goodbyes” from Saxl Rose

Saxophonist Tony Hancock—better known as Saxl Rose—just dropped a cover of “Goodbyes” by Post Malone that you just have to hear.  Rose has gained a ton of attention on social media for sax  covers of scene favorites in the past, including All Time Low, Paramore and more.  Read more: Disney World fans debate if going […]

Here’s what Every Time I Die would sound like if they were a jazz band

If you ever wanted to know what Every Time I Die songs sound like as jazz renditions (you probably didn’t), we got you covered. No pun intended. Read more: If you attend an Every Time I Die show, it could save your life In a story from Theprp, drummer Corey Coverstone and his band played jazz […]

Heavy metal fans are 10 times less likely to cheat on partners than jazz lovers, according to survey

Good news, romantic metal fans. According to a survey from Victoria Milan, a dating service for married people looking for extra-marital affairs, fans of metal are ten times less likely to cheat on their parters than jazz fans. Read more: The 10 Best Machine-Gun Breakdowns According to a report from the Mirror, the survey asked 6,558 Victoria […]