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Spotlight: Half-divorced
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WHO: Pissed Jeans WHAT: Half-Divorced WHY: Punks can be scary and funny. They also cry. I’ve never heard a band that combines such fury, aggression, and rawness, with hilarious observational humor. Half-Divorced is only a half hour long (as albums like this SHOULD be), and frontman Matt Korvette barks about helicopter parents, the downsides of where we live, and of course, being happy that he’s ONLY $62,000 in debt. This stuff is aggro as shit but brings a smile to...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024
SPOTLIGHT: Untame the Tiger
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WHO: Mary Timony WHAT: Untame the Tiger WHY: Timony might be considered a guitar goddess, but if that’s the case, she doesn’t let it on. Maybe it’s safer to say she’s a guitarist’s guitarist. That being said, anyone listening to her music can expect the guitar to be the highlight. Her newest solo record is the first one in over a decade and was written during tumultuous times: a breakup, and the loss of both her parents. But out of...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2024
SPOTLIGHT: Stop the World
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WHO: NOT WHAT: Stop the World WHY: I did not think Stop the World would make such an impact on me, mostly because I didn’t think I could ever get used to the vocals. I still don’t think I like the vocals, but Stop the World sounds like a love letter to ALL; every note, every guitar solo, every melody, every tone. For someone starving for new ALL material (“two new albums, one instrumental”), this album is a reminder of...

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Thursday, 01 February 2024
SPOTLIGHT: Back to Moon Beach
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WHO: Kurt Vile WHAT: Back to Moon Beach WHY: Look, you’re not fooling me by calling this an EP, OK? Anything with either 10 songs or more, or longer than 25 minutes is an LP. This thing clocks in at 52 minutes, so KV, you gave us a new album last year, even if some of these songs are covers. KV is the real deal, his style is like no other, his music deceptively simple and his lyrics and vocals...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2024
SPOTLIGHT: FAMINE
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WHO: Paint it Black WHAT: Famine WHY: Did YOU know Paint it Black was going to release new music? I didn’t. They said that no good hardcore band has released more than 3 good albums, which is why the band’s last full length was released in 2008, but Famine with its speed, heavy riffs, breakdowns, smart lyrics, and hooks just proves that this band is still relevant and needs to get back in the studio to produce another full length....

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Wednesday, 17 January 2024
SPOTLIGHT: Darkadelic
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WHO: The Damned WHAT: Darkadelic WHY: Look, there’s no reason why seasoned veterans would still be putting out quality music this long into their career, but Darkadelic is catchy, sounds fresh, and made by a band who’s been around the block. There is no way a song like Beware of the Clown would work with anyone else but David Vanian on vocals. All the elements come together for a package that includes great songs, a great crisp sound, and an...

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Friday, 08 December 2023
SPOTLIGHT: Desire Pathway
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WHO: Screaming Females WHAT: Desire Pathway WHY: There aren’t any lifers out there doing it better than the Screamales. Their latest album took some growing on me, but the tried-and-true formula of juicy riffs and scorching solos eventually won. I think it might be a hot take to say that the vocals have been the weakest link in Screaming Females songs, but here the vocals are finally elevating and complimenting the songs. It’s a testament to what this band can...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2023
SPOTLIGHT: UK GRIM
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WHO: Sleaford Mods WHAT: UK GRIM WHY: Look, that CREEM profile on them this year made them look like real wankers, but I’m trying to find a reason to hate UK GRIM and I can’t do it. Maybe they’re faking it all for a big payout or maybe CREEM blew their coverage, but UK GRIM is still in a class of its own, with politically and socially charged lyrics, with topics focused on elevating the working class and bringing the...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2023
SPOTLIGHT: Come And Have a Go If You Think You’re Rachmaninoff
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WHO: Snuff WHAT: Come And Have a Go If You Think You’re Rachmaninoff WHY: My love for the band Snuff knows no bounds. They’re one of those bands from my formative punk years that have remained relevant and continued on an interesting path. Speaking of interesting is this album. This time, Snuff have reimagined their old songs in an acoustic more ballady format. The arrangements are elegant and it helps conjure a new-found love for these songs. I’m glad I’m...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2023
Spotlight: Teeth
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WHO: Die Spitz WHAT: Teeth WHY: Is this an EP or a short full length? Who knows! Those riffs, man. Those riffs! Every song on this album is absolutely brutal and full of hooks. It’s punk with a heavy lean on metal and rocks from top to bottom. There’s nothing revolutionary about what this band is doing, but they stick to what they know and they do it well. Teeth is one of the must-hear albums of the year. Those...

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Thursday, 31 August 2023