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Top-rated albums this month
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Titus Andronicus

The Most Lamentable Tragedy

Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy album cover

Titus Andronicus (+@, as they shorten it) is a punk outfit led by Patrick Stickles, an obvious obsessive who has spent the last three +@ albums cramming barrages of references to Pieter Bruegel, Cheers, Nietzsche, and obscure New Jersey baseball teams into angry punk songs. +@’s most-talked-about work is their ...

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Broken Prayer

Misanthropocentric AKA Droid's Blood

Broken Prayer - Misanthropocentric AKA Droid's Blood album cover

I incorrectly said this band was from North Carolina when I talked about their last record, when in fact they’re from Chicago. So I’d like to take a moment to say I’m sorry to Broken Prayer. (Up until recently I had a tendency to assume that every band on Sorry ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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Feral Kizzy

Slick Little Girl

Feral Kizzy - Slick Little Girl album cover

Feral Kizzy’s new album Slick Little Girl was easy for me to like. I am a big fan of new wave, glam rock, and dark ‘80s music, so I was easily seduced by our obviously shared tastes. I immediately caught the Lou Reed reference of the title (lyrics from “Make ...

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Neon Shudder

Ghost Process

Neon Shudder - Ghost Process album cover

Covering much of the same ground as a group like Perturbator, Philadelphia’s neon shudder makes dark electronic music inspired by the world of cyberpunk – a genre of sci-fi that’s often described as “future noir” and includes works like Blade Runner and Shadowrun. Though I didn’t say as much in ...

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Motörhead

Bad Magic

Motörhead - Bad Magic album cover

It's been 40 years since the world was first introduced to the name of Motörhead. In that 40 years, they have become seemingly invincible. Impervious to the likes of addiction, lineup changes, musical trends and anything else that would have decimated a lesser band. But it would seem that the ...

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Broken Prayer

Misanthropocentric AKA Droid's Blood

Broken Prayer - Misanthropocentric AKA Droid's Blood album cover

I incorrectly said this band was from North Carolina when I talked about their last record, when in fact they’re from Chicago. So I’d like to take a moment to say I’m sorry to Broken Prayer. (Up until recently I had a tendency to assume that every band on Sorry ...

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Radioactivity

Silent Kill

Radioactivity - Silent Kill album cover

These guys know how to start off a record, with the rapid fire “Battered” pummeling with riffage for the first minute and then Jeff Burke’s familiar vocals chime in and the record transitions to melodic and punky pop songs—and not the kind of pop that’s usually attached to that word. ...

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Ghost

Meliora

Ghost - Meliora album cover

When Ghost first materialized on the scene in 2010 with their debut album Opus Eponymous, they made quite an impression. First there was the image: five "nameless ghouls" performing the music in hooded robes (now silver, horned masks) and vocalist Papa Emeritus, dressed as a sort of anti-pope with a ...

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Supersuckers

Get The Hell

Supersuckers - Get The Hell album cover
200 Words Or Less

There's very few bands that work as hard to bring the music to the masses as Supersuckers. They're like a sleeper cell. Without warning, they'll come out of hiding in Anytown, U.S.A. and blow shit up. They are a band that everyone needs to see live at least once - ...

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The Sonics

This is The Sonics

The Sonics - This is The Sonics album cover

Upon hearing that legendary northwest garage rockers The Sonics were releasing a new album – their first in (gulp!) nearly fifty years – in 2015, I didn’t know if I should be excited or very, very afraid. Here was a band that helped to invent the signature, rowdy rock and ...

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Titus Andronicus

The Most Lamentable Tragedy

Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy album cover

Titus Andronicus (+@, as they shorten it) is a punk outfit led by Patrick Stickles, an obvious obsessive who has spent the last three +@ albums cramming barrages of references to Pieter Bruegel, Cheers, Nietzsche, and obscure New Jersey baseball teams into angry punk songs. +@’s most-talked-about work is their ...

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Infera Bruo

In Conjuration

Infera Bruo - In Conjuration album cover

I came across Infera Bruo a couple of years back when they were releasing their debut album, Desolate Unknown. The perspective of the band on the black metal genre was intriguing, remaining true to the roots of the genre, but also building on top of its traditional outlook. The dissonant ...

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Neon Shudder

Ghost Process

Neon Shudder - Ghost Process album cover

Covering much of the same ground as a group like Perturbator, Philadelphia’s neon shudder makes dark electronic music inspired by the world of cyberpunk – a genre of sci-fi that’s often described as “future noir” and includes works like Blade Runner and Shadowrun. Though I didn’t say as much in ...

90%

Rixe

Coupes et Blessures EP

Rixe - Coupes et Blessures EP  album cover

Well this was bound to happen. With so many hardcore acts flirting with Oi! for the last few years it’s not surprising that somebody finally came out like, fuck it, we’re just going to be an Oi! band. It’s not the first time by any means—there’s been the PDX crusties’ ...

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Boilerman

Boilerman

Boilerman - Boilerman album cover
200 Words Or Less

It took me 8 minutes to listen, so it should 8 minutes to write it too. Or, something. Really that’s just a bad Futurama reference so I can “cleverly” say that this is a short EP with 5 songs total. The song names are on this EP are “I,” “II,” ...

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Coliseum

Anxiety's Kiss

Coliseum - Anxiety's Kiss album cover

On Anxiety’s Kiss, punk veterans Coliseum are back with a heavy, dark, melodic new album. The band’s maturity and experience are evident here even to someone who, like this reviewer, was woefully ignorant of their music until now. If you, like me, have somehow stayed in the dark about Coliseum ...

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Grease Thieves

The World This Hour

Grease Thieves  - The World This Hour album cover
200 Words Or Less

Newly-formed Vancouver, BC pop-punk trio Grease Thieves boast a vocalist whose snarl makes him sound a bit like vintage Tim Armstrong, and one can almost hear the saliva flinging around on the four songs featured on the group’s 2015 The World This Hour - about as enthusiastic and fun a ...

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Vaaska

Todos Contra Todos

Vaaska - Todos Contra Todos album cover

I've been meaning to check out this Austin, TX-based band for quite some time now (they’ve been active since 2009) but for whatever reason I’ve never gotten around to it. So much punk, so little time I guess. They have released a string of EPs and splits up until this ...

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Matt Skiba and the Sekrets

Kuts

Matt Skiba and the Sekrets - Kuts album cover

Matt Skiba's latest side project sound like they've been born out of the wave of late-90s American indie that brought us the likes of Weezer and Blind Melon, and with Skiba adopting a Bowie-esque aesthetic on the band's album cover it gives the impression of a band fully embracing the ...

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Áine O'Dwyer

Music for Church Cleaners

Áine O'Dwyer -  Music for Church Cleaners album cover

Without doubt one of the more strange albums released in 2015 (or any year for that matter), Irish-born harpist Áine O'Dwyer’s Music for Church Cleaners is a two LP collection that presents ninety minutes of improvisational music made on the pipe organ at St Mark’s Church, Islington, UK. Aside from ...

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Sophie Lillienne

The Fragile Idea

Sophie Lillienne - The Fragile Idea album cover

Artistically satisfying and incredibly eclectic, 2015’s The Fragile Idea from Italian electronic artist Sophie Lillienne seems designed to lull a listener into a somnambulistic state. Typically lumped into the trip hop genre, Sophie Lillienne’s music is full of unconventional, quietly haunting melodies, scratchy rhythms, and dramatic vocal performances. I would ...

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Feral Kizzy

Slick Little Girl

Feral Kizzy - Slick Little Girl album cover

Feral Kizzy’s new album Slick Little Girl was easy for me to like. I am a big fan of new wave, glam rock, and dark ‘80s music, so I was easily seduced by our obviously shared tastes. I immediately caught the Lou Reed reference of the title (lyrics from “Make ...

80%

Blazing Eye

Blazing Eye EP

Blazing Eye - Blazing Eye EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

This is some of that rhythmic punk that's making the rounds lately. Kind of like Dawn of Humans (with whom they are currently label mates) but more on the crusty and menacing side than the weird and experimental. Blazing Eye is a quartet out of Los Angeles that share membership ...

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Skin Like Iron

Skin Like Iron

9.0 / 10 Skin Like Iron - Skin Like Iron album cover

I can’t help but wonder what the music world would be like without experimentation. Sure, the first to try something different is often shunned, but their willingness to try something ...

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