Wet Leg justify the hype with Nashville show—review

On Monday (March 14), Wet Leg gleefully ripped through a dynamic set at The Basement East in Nashville, Tennessee. Although the duo, made up of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, make music for people who like to stay in, fans showed up in droves for this performance. Read more: Wet Leg make party music for […]

Netflix's ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ restages a horror classic—review

Netflix’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre is now available to stream. To coincide with the release, we are giving our take on the new film. TCM has a handful of references to the 1974 film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but the movie largely avoids the overwhelming nostalgia that can at times be overbearing in series resurrecting titles. […]

Bad Suns play an unforgettable secret show in Los Angeles—live review

On Tuesday at a secret location, tucked away in the hills of Los Angeles, Bad Suns performed an intimate set for a select group of their die-hard fans and industry peers in celebration of their fourth studio album, Apocalypse Whenever.  The event was organized and presented by Rock Night Out, Epitaph Records and Alternative Press. Additionally, […]

Rotten Tomatoes making steps to end male-dominated film criticism

Rotten Tomatoes are making steps to change the male-dominated world of film criticism, and in order to do that, they will be adding more diverse voices into the mix. Read more: Brendon Urie wants to take his Broadway talents to London As reported by Variety, the people who rank films on its Tomatometer as “fresh” or “rotten” […]

‘Winchester’ exceeds PG-13 horror movie expectations, touches on cultural issues

[Photo by: Blacklab Entertainment] When someone is shot and killed, who carries the blame for their death? Obviously the shooter bears a burden for pulling the trigger, but how far does it go? For Sarah Winchester, that guilt rests at least partially on the shoulders of the people who created the weapon in the first place. […]

American Satan opens up to positive fan reviews, but the film has its flaws

[Photo by: Sumerian Films] Ash Avildsen’s American Satan has been out for almost a week now, and the crowd has been turning in mixed reviews for the graphic rock 'n' roll film. While it's gained an 87-percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, the scene obviously seeming to like movies starring some musician favorites such as Andy […]

PVRIS aim for the jugular on 'All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell'

PVRIS All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell In a past life, PVRIS were a metalcore band performing under the moniker Operation Guillotine. It’s nearly impossible to imagine that five years since their inception, they’d be two stellar full-length records into a promising electro-pop rock career, made fruitful by its relationship with […]

Dead Cross full-throttle chaotic punk on self-titled album

Dead Cross Dead Cross FILE UNDER: Manic punk ROCKS LIKE: Melvins, Trash Talk, OFF! WHAT'S DIFFERENT: When collaborating in Fantômas, ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton proved themselves masters of the gloriously eclectic and deranged. Joined by Retox’s Justin Pearson and Michael Crain, Dead Cross is a more straightforward beast, […]

Goldfinger's The Knife an amalgamation of John Feldmann's entire career

Goldfinger The Knife FILE UNDER: LONG TIME COMING ROCKS LIKE: Less Than Jake, Blink-182, Sublime WHAT’S DIFFERENT: In the nine years since Goldfinger last released an album, frontman John Feldmann has gone on to become pop-punk’s premier producer, and his platinum-plated success has rubbed off on The Knife in a big way. The list of […]

In This Moment's Ritual the metal love child of art-pop, gospel, Morrissey and Johnny Cash

In This Moment Ritual FILE UNDER: Hard-Hitting Glam Metal ROCKS LIKE: The Pretty Reckless, Disturbed, Motionless In White WHAT'S DIFFERENT: In This Moment have matured significantly since their landmark album, 2012’s Blood. Stepping away from a heavy reliance on dissonance and industrial tones, Ritual brings together a polished sound oddly feeding off inspiration from influences […]

Bloodclot's 'Up In Arms' is tough as tungsten nails

Bloodclot Up In Arms FILE UNDER: Hardcore greybeards’ masterstroke ROCKS LIKE: Wasted Youth, Bad Brains, Sick Of It All WHAT'S DIFFERENT: The original Bloodclot formed in 1981 and featured eventual Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph. Bloodclot 2017 stars Joseph upfront alongside Murphy’s Law guitarist Todd Youth, Danzig drummer Joey Castillo and hellraiser-about-town Nick Oliveri playing knuckle-dusting […]

Integrity sharpen their teeth on 'Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume'

Integrity Howling, For the Nightmare Shall Consume FILE UNDER: Fire and brimstone hardcore ROCKS LIKE: All Pigs Must Die, Homewrecker, United Nations WHAT’S NEW: Dwid Hellion and his mysterious cabal of metal sharpen their teeth to refine their spectral hardcore style on their 12th full-length record, the first since 2013’s Suicide Black Snake. Like something […]

Teenage Bottlerocket reinvent the covers disc with 'Stealing The Covers'

Teenage Bottlerocket Stealing the Covers FILE UNDER: Obscure punk covers ROCKS LIKE: Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Ramones, Bracket WHAT'S DIFFERENT: For this album, Wyoming punks Teenage Bottlerocket reinvent the covers disc, taking material only from bands that they’ve personally come across during their 15 years of rockin’ out. So you’re not getting punk classics here, you’re […]

Electric Century's 'For The Night To Control' is the soundtrack for your next escape

Electric Century For The Night To Control FILE UNDER: Power, Corruption and Guys ROCKS LIKE: Atlas Genius, Depeche Mode, BØRNS WHAT'S DIFFERENT: The debut LP from multi-instrumentalists Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) and Dave Debiak (New London Fire) doesn’t rock at all. With an immersion into trebly guitars, plenty of synthesizers and Debiak’s vocal style […]

Silverstein's Dead Reflection proves that there’s plenty of life left in its creators

Silverstein Dead Reflection FILE UNDER: INVENTIVE POST-HARDCORE ROCKS LIKE: From First To Last, Beartooth, Chiodos WHAT’S DIFFERENT: Dead Reflection sees Silverstein continuing to reinvent themselves 17 years into their career. The tussle of clean vocals and melodic guitars versus screams and breakdowns remains, but it’s never sounded so accomplished.  This album also sees Shane Told […]

There’s plenty of musical depth in Public Service Broadcasting's 'Every Valley'

Public Service Broadcasting Every Valley FILE UNDER: Sociopolitical art-pop ROCKS LIKE: Spoon, Radiohead, Tunng WHAT’S DIFFERENT: This U.K. prog-pop duo set aside cheeky nostalgia for at least one album to address a more serious topic: the rise and fall of the coal industry in Wales. A niche subject, to be sure, but one they bring […]

Sworn In's 'All Smiles' a post-modern art piece

Sworn In All Smiles FILE UNDER: Extra Emo Noise-Core ROCKS LIKE: Botch, Chelsea Grin, My Chemical Romance WHAT'S DIFFERENT: With openly emotional noise, Sworn In deliver a cohesive sound that surpasses screaming and half-heartedly singing over jarring instrumentals that sound like they were churned out by kids who went to undergrad for music composition. As […]

Envy On The Coast's 'Ritual' is some of their best material in an already-stellar catalog

Envy On The Coast Ritual EP FILE UNDER: An Unapologetic ROCKS LIKE: Glassjaw, Bayside, Thrice WHAT'S DIFFERENT: The formerly “final” Envy On The Coast album, Lowcountry, thrust the band from polished hooks into dirtier aggression, making for a cult classic. The band’s surprise return via Ritual is the full realization of those Lowcountry ambitions, unafraid […]

LANY's self-titled new album raises the bar to perfection

LANY LANY FILE UNDER: Dream pop for the next generation ROCKS LIKE: the 1975, Phoenix, the Griswolds WHAT'S DIFFERENT: Taking a different approach to introducing themselves to the world, the LA-based trio released four EPs before delving into their first full-length album. The result? A self-titled debut that sounds nothing like a debut. It’s better. Fully […]

The White Noise explore their vulnerable side on 'AM/PM'

The White Noise AM/PM FILE UNDER: Radio punk    ROCKS LIKE: The Story So Far, My Enemies & I, Story Of The Year WHAT'S DIFFERENT: The White Noise are more willing to explore their vulnerable side with their debut full-length than on their previous EP, Aren’t You Glad? Fans of the band still get the […]
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