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Top-rated albums this month
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Cross Examination

Dawn of the Dude EP

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200 Words Or Less

Sometimes I just want to eat a bunch of pizza, drink a 30 pack of Special Export Light, smoke one million doobies, make out with chicks in a swimming pool, stay up all night tripping on mushrooms while watching hippies swirl glow sticks and eat fire, and then make out ...

90%

Padkarosda

Szabadulásom Művészete

Padkarosda  -  Szabadulásom Művészete album cover

Padkarosda is a three piece punk band from Hungary. Szabadulásom Művészete (translated as Art Of My Liberation) is their second full-length release. Recorded in Budapest in June of 2013, Oakland, CA-based Wake Up And Live Records picked it up for US release this year. It comes on cassette with a ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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Circle Jerks

My Career As A Jerk

Circle Jerks - My Career As A Jerk album cover
Video/DVD Review

I must admit, before I sat down to watch this I wasn't exactly excited to listen to Circle Jerks vocalist Keith Morris talk about punk rock for the millionth time. Morris, like Jack Grisham (TSOL), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), and to some extent Duane Peters (US Bombs) seems to be ...

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The Hold Steady

Teeth Dreams

The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams album cover

The Hold Steady has been on quite a ride. They went from “New York bar band” to critical and indie darlings to, now, wavering somewhere on the edge of the public consciousness without really breaking into new circles. In other words, they seem to have found their fan base and ...

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90%

Cross Examination

Dawn of the Dude EP

Cross Examination - Dawn of the Dude EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

Sometimes I just want to eat a bunch of pizza, drink a 30 pack of Special Export Light, smoke one million doobies, make out with chicks in a swimming pool, stay up all night tripping on mushrooms while watching hippies swirl glow sticks and eat fire, and then make out ...

69%

The Meatmen

Savage Sagas

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Hailing from Lansing, Michigan, the Meatmen have been a punk rock band existing in some capacity for roughly 35 years. They took a break in 1996, but returned in 2008 and, break or no break, the band still boasts a staggering number of singles, EPs, live bootlegs and compilations under ...

79%

The Dwarves

Invented Rock & Roll

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I won’t say anything as hyperbolic as that the Dwarves invented rock ‘n’ roll, but I’ll still give them another borderline statement that fits on a press sheet: the 2014 Dwarves are a supergroup—not a supergroup side project of glossy mag pin-ups, but a supergroup that is honestly comprised of, ...

70%

The Chantey Hook

Underground

The Chantey Hook - Underground album cover
200 Words Or Less

The Chantey Hook have been around for a few years now, but have only released a handful of songs to the masses. Their most recent addition to the small catalog are two tracks from their new Underground 7-inch. The A-Side features the title track. The song's a great Jersey punk-rock ...

70%

Supercrush

Lifted b/w Melt Into You (Drift Away)

Supercrush - Lifted b/w Melt Into You (Drift Away) album cover

Surpercrush is the newish Vancouver, British Columbia-based band from Mark Palm, a dude most known for playing in a long ancestry of punk/HC and metal bands and as being the primary songwriter for San Francisco, CA’s bliss-pop snorefest Modern Charms. Hey Mark, Bob Mould called and he wants his Sugar ...

80%

Nadja and Uochi Toki

Cystema Solari

Nadja and Uochi Toki  - Cystema Solari  album cover

Despite the fact that Canadian/German drone group Nadja has a long history of collaborating with various artists from around the globe, their 2014 collaboration with Italian hip hop duo Uochi Toki may be one of the partnerships that seems the most unlikely. I first became aware of Nadja back in ...

70%

Joyce Manor

Never Hungover Again

Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again album cover

This one took a while to stand out, which I didn’t expect given the accolades Joyce Manor has been ringing up with their three releases. Never Hungover Again is my first listen to the band and I can’t say I understand the hype. While they do their style well, it ...

80%

Billy The Kid

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Billy The Kid - Horseshoes and Hand Grenades  album cover

This is the first time I saw Billy the Kid: It's Mid-July and the air conditioner at Toronto Lee's Palace is broken. The show is sold -out and I'm leaning on the stage with the capacity crowd behind me. We're sweaty and dehydrated. The air is getting hard to breathe, ...

71%

Ex Friends

Rules for Making Up Words

Ex Friends - Rules for Making Up Words album cover

Ex Friends are a group of Philly area punks, recognized from their work in other bands. The band features Joel Tannenbaum (Plow United), JP Flexner (flyer artist), Audrey Crash, and Jayme Guokas. On their debut full-length, Rules for Making Up Words, they don’t let those previous associations get in the ...

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The Great Old Ones

Tekeli-Li

The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-Li album cover

The incredible nature of The Great Old Ones majestic, sweeping and downright epic black metal was devastatingly apparent on their debut Al Azif - a record that saw them take flight into the musical world and in turn become one of the most talked about bands of 2012. The French ...

70%

DJ Shadow

The Liquid Amber EP

DJ Shadow -  The Liquid Amber EP album cover

Universally regarded as one of the most important figures in the world of instrumental hip hop and turntablism after having gained massive recognition for 1995’s Entroducing....., DJ Shadow (a.k.a. Josh Davis) seems in recent years to have been operating more in the, well, shadows of an electronic music scene that’s ...

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Padkarosda

Szabadulásom Művészete

Padkarosda  -  Szabadulásom Művészete album cover

Padkarosda is a three piece punk band from Hungary. Szabadulásom Művészete (translated as Art Of My Liberation) is their second full-length release. Recorded in Budapest in June of 2013, Oakland, CA-based Wake Up And Live Records picked it up for US release this year. It comes on cassette with a ...

73%

Christos Fanaras

Impermanence

Christos Fanaras - Impermanence album cover

It’s difficult to find a decent single-track LP these days. A classic is Sleep’s Dopesmoker (disregarding the album’s live bonus material). The title track is a 63 minute-long sludgy opus about Jesus getting stoned in the desert. It’s definitely one of my favorite albums of all time, too. Another brilliant ...

60%

Circle Jerks

My Career As A Jerk

Circle Jerks - My Career As A Jerk album cover
Video/DVD Review

I must admit, before I sat down to watch this I wasn't exactly excited to listen to Circle Jerks vocalist Keith Morris talk about punk rock for the millionth time. Morris, like Jack Grisham (TSOL), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), and to some extent Duane Peters (US Bombs) seems to be ...

65%

The Hold Steady

Teeth Dreams

The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams album cover

The Hold Steady has been on quite a ride. They went from “New York bar band” to critical and indie darlings to, now, wavering somewhere on the edge of the public consciousness without really breaking into new circles. In other words, they seem to have found their fan base and ...

70%

Glue

Glue EP

Glue - Glue EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

With an extremely downbeat and aggressive sound, Austin, Texas four-piece band Glue follows up their noisy and vulgar 2012 demo with a 2014 self-titled 7” that picks up right where the demo left off. The first of four tracks featured here is the brief “Enemy,” which operates at a moderate ...

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Momentum

Whetting Occam's Razor

7.0 / 10 Momentum - Whetting Occam's Razor album cover

Momentum is a melodic hardcore band from the UK that writes music with a message. Whetting Occam's Razor is a full length that explores many different ideas with smart lyrics. ...

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