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Top-rated albums this month
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David Bowie

A New Career in a New Town

David Bowie - A New Career in a New Town album cover

I have successfully broken my brain trying to find something new to say about David Bowie. I believe it to be absolutely impossible to speak in new terms on what the musician, actor, artist, and fashion icon meant to the the worlds he showed up in. Countless of us who ...

90%

Trachimbrod

Leda

Trachimbrod - Leda album cover

Would you have told me 20 years ago I would enjoy music like Trachimbrod I would have stared at you in amazement only to laugh at you. Hell, that would have been my reaction until about ten years back. But I’ve learned to broaden my scope and thus have learned ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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Morrissey

England Is Mine

Morrissey - England Is Mine album cover
Video/DVD Review

Mark Gill's England Is Mine introduces Morrissey while he's on the cusp of adulthood, an enigma of cocksure arrogance presented in the body of a slightly hunched over, uncomfortable young man. A number of key characters in the Mancunian singer's formative years, including the often overlooked Anji Hardy (Katherine Pearce), who died ...

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The Holy Circle

The Holy Circle

The Holy Circle - The Holy Circle album cover
200 Words Or Less

Dream pop, huh?Dark pop?Why not.Baltimore trio The Holy Circle is comprised of vocalist / keyboardist Terence Hannum (Locrian), as well as his wife, vocalist Erica Burgner-Hannum of Unlucky Atlas, and Nathan Jurgenson (of Screen Vinyl Image) on drum duties. All three of their combined perspectives make for a take on a ...

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Iron Chic

You Can't Stay Here

Iron Chic - You Can't Stay Here album cover

Iron Chic has its own kind of poetry. It’s not quite the Off With Their Heads level of self-hatred, but it’s highly self-deprecating to the point of feeling playful and overblown in its drama. Throughout the entire 11-song You Can’t Stay Here there are dozens of snippets I could grab to express this tone. ...

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Gone is Gone

Echolocation

Gone is Gone  - Echolocation album cover

Mastodon are no stranger to side projects. Hell, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds has released two in the last year alone, with his new Legend of the Seagullmen album due in September. Brann Dailor released Arcadea, also on this years’ top 25 list, and Bill Kelliher doesn’t need your goddamn validation!Gone is ...

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Morrissey

England Is Mine

Morrissey - England Is Mine album cover
Video/DVD Review

Mark Gill's England Is Mine introduces Morrissey while he's on the cusp of adulthood, an enigma of cocksure arrogance presented in the body of a slightly hunched over, uncomfortable young man. A number of key characters in the Mancunian singer's formative years, including the often overlooked Anji Hardy (Katherine Pearce), who died ...

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The Holy Circle

The Holy Circle

The Holy Circle - The Holy Circle album cover
200 Words Or Less

Dream pop, huh?Dark pop?Why not.Baltimore trio The Holy Circle is comprised of vocalist / keyboardist Terence Hannum (Locrian), as well as his wife, vocalist Erica Burgner-Hannum of Unlucky Atlas, and Nathan Jurgenson (of Screen Vinyl Image) on drum duties. All three of their combined perspectives make for a take on a ...

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At the Drive-In

In•ter a•li•a

At the Drive-In - In•ter a•li•a album cover
200 Words Or Less

Interminable slack-ass Omar Rodriguez-Lopez only released 12 solo albums this year on Ipecac Records. So to alleviate the presumed guilt, he’s gotten the old band back together again. That band is At the Drive-In and as far as “reunion” albums go, In•ter a•li•a is a monster. While not quite a complete ...

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Tim Barry

High On 95

Tim Barry - High On 95 album cover

Nobody can doubt Tim Barry’s heart. He’s worn it on his sleeve since he began his solo career with a 2005 demo. Depending how you count live records and demos, High on 95 is his eight record since then. Besides being prolific, his songs are largely first-person accounts of a drifter watching ...

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Keith Morris

My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor

Keith Morris - My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor album cover
Book Review

Keith Morris is one of the remaining original punk rock figures that is still going. Hardly anyone else embodies the sound of Southern Californian hardcore the way he does. With his waist-length dreadlocks and snarling vocals, Morris is known the world over for his approach on the stage. Over the ...

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Long Knife

Sewers of Babylon 7”

Long Knife - Sewers of Babylon 7”  album cover
200 Words Or Less

Oh man, haven’t heard Long Knife’s name called in a long time. You can choose to split pubic hairs over whether they’re back or still here, but what’s not up for debate is that Portland’s second favorite antiheroes have dropped a damn fine slab o’ new wax upon the jean vest-wearing ...

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Hard Girls

Floating Now

Hard Girls - Floating Now album cover

Hard Girls are a complex band – or maybe they’re not. They sing about hard life choices, serious moments, and buying candy and cigarettes. A post-punk influence and precise arrangement style seamlessly blend into a more traditional pop structure. At its simplest definition they’re a punk band, but that doesn’t ...

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Fried Egg

Back and Forth 7”

Fried Egg - Back and Forth 7” album cover
200 Words Or Less

Fried Egg is hardcore punk band from Central Virginia. They rule. But that’s not important. What’s important is that I can’t possibly listen to a band named Fried Egg without thinking about, well, not just fried eggs, but all types of prepared eggs. I eat a ton of eggs – ...

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J. Hunter Bennett

The Prodigal Rogerson: The Tragic, Hilarious, and Possibly Apocryphal Story of Circle Jerks Bassist Roger Rogerson in the Golden Age of LA Punk, 1979-1996

J. Hunter Bennett - The Prodigal Rogerson: The Tragic, Hilarious, and Possibly Apocryphal Story of Circle Jerks Bassist Roger Rogerson in the Golden Age of LA Punk, 1979-1996 album cover
Book Review

In 1983, Circle Jerks bassist Roger Rogerson stole the band’s van and dropped off the face of the earth. Thirteen years later, he came back, demanded that his bandmates reunite so they could become “bigger than The Beatles,” and promptly dropped dead. Though he was a founding member and key ...

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Gnaw

Cutting Pieces

Gnaw - Cutting Pieces album cover

Formed by Khanate's vocalist after the demise of the legendary drone band, Gnaw doubled down on the extreme sound of Khanate, filling the drone/sludge hybrid sound with noise injections and industrial pacing. This post-apocalyptic vision was first introduced through This Face, a wretched work of heavy, experimental music, containing all ...

68%

No Use for a Name

Rarities Vol. 1: The Covers

No Use for a Name - Rarities Vol. 1: The Covers album cover

I harbour a weak spot for No Use for a Name, a band that eventually became a melodic pop-punk band that landed on Fat Wreck records.What not too many contemporary and younger fans devotees would be aware of, is the fact that No Use for a Name evolved from having ...

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Katastrof

Katastrof

Katastrof - Katastrof album cover
200 Words Or Less

Oh Jesus Christ fuck yeah! It’s been a minute since I checked in on Scandi-core, a genre that at one time ruled my turntable. These days it has to be top shelf to grab my attention, and, well, when the lead singer of Totalitär teams up with the guitar player ...

85%

Myteri

Ruiner

Myteri  - Ruiner album cover

Why do I do this? I just reviewed the vinyl release of Myteri’s debut album and now, a couple of weeks later I’m already listening to their second album. How am I going to say something new and inspiring about it? I guess the answer is twofold. First of all ...

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David Bowie

A New Career in a New Town

David Bowie - A New Career in a New Town album cover

I have successfully broken my brain trying to find something new to say about David Bowie. I believe it to be absolutely impossible to speak in new terms on what the musician, actor, artist, and fashion icon meant to the the worlds he showed up in. Countless of us who ...

75%

The Damned

Don't You Wish That We Were Dead

The Damned - Don't You Wish That We Were Dead  album cover
Video/DVD Review

From filmmaker Wes Orshoski, known from being the man behind the documentary Lemmy, comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. "THE DAMNED: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead", a line from their ...

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Brooke Bentham

This Rapture EP

Brooke Bentham - This Rapture EP album cover
200 Words Or Less

Even though 21-year-old Brooke Bentham is firmly entrenched in the burgeoning South London music scene, her music sounds as though it has been dusted with sand from a Californian desert. With a sound that recalls Angel Olsen and First Aid Kit, her music soars and dips though the ravages of a shattered relationship ...

90%

Trachimbrod

Leda

Trachimbrod - Leda album cover

Would you have told me 20 years ago I would enjoy music like Trachimbrod I would have stared at you in amazement only to laugh at you. Hell, that would have been my reaction until about ten years back. But I’ve learned to broaden my scope and thus have learned ...

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From the archive...

Jesu

Lifeline

8.0 / 10 Jesu - Lifeline album cover

As unbelievable as it may sound Lifeline is Jesu's fifth (and possibly the sixth if Robotic Empire gets the split with Battle of Mice out before the end of 2007) ...

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