Posted Feb. 6, 2017, 9:42 p.m.
Album number ten for the ever-evolving Californian four piece, whose shift in sound from skate punk to hardcore to "goth punk" to pop-influenced radio rock ... read more
Posted Nov. 26, 2013, midnight
It's encouraging that after releasing one of the best records of 2010, Janelle Monáe wasn't rushed into releasing the follow-up album to The ArchAndroid until she was ... read more
Posted Nov. 12, 2012, 5 p.m.
Thank god it's not another concept album.That's perhaps untrue, though: maybe this is just a concept album broken over three separate records: ¡Uno! is the ... read more
Posted Nov. 5, 2012, 12:50 p.m.
The year is 2052. Society as we know it has completely changed. The laws of government and nation have crumbled into dust, trodden down firmly ... read more
Posted July 4, 2011, 7:25 a.m.
When music historians look back on the first decade of the 21st century, they'll no doubt highlight the dazzling array of pop musicians daring to ... read more
Posted Dec. 27, 2010, 11:10 a.m.
Their first record for Matador; their first record featuring new bassist Marty Key: The Brutalist Bricks is a record of firsts. It's the band's second ... read more
Posted Jan. 4, 2010, 1:45 p.m.
In a U.K. pop scene increasingly dominated by uncertain female electro-pop princesses or paltry imitations of Rihanna or Beyonce, its refreshing and exciting to see ... read more
Posted Sept. 30, 2009, 2:34 a.m.
Album number eight from the band now renowned for their genre-shifting and reinvention. Three years in the making, three producers in the studio, and twelve ... read more
Posted May 22, 2009, 1:07 a.m.
Im going to keep this brief, because Billie Joe Armstrong and company couldnt 21st Century Breakdown is Green Days first record clocking in at ... read more
Posted July 24, 2008, 9:08 p.m.
With an album title that sounds like the most recent Foo Fighters record, a song called "Fix You" (I thought Coldplay had already professed that ... read more
Posted Jan. 2, 2008, 2:47 a.m.
It almost seemed like this record would never come out. It's been six years since Iron Flag and 14 since 36 Chambers revolutionised hip hop, ... read more
Posted Dec. 17, 2007, 3:05 p.m.
After splitting in 2004, it seemed initially unlikely that California's Ozma would ever resurface with their brand of power pop / new wave rock. After ... read more
Posted Dec. 9, 2007, 3:08 p.m.
Part two in the trilogy of concept (small C) albums, Under the Boards sees Saves the Day back on a quick release schedule. This follow ... read more
Posted Sept. 11, 2007, 8:25 p.m.
It might say something for my enthusiasm for this record that it has sat for almost a year in my 'to review' pile since first ... read more
Posted Sept. 5, 2007, 2:56 p.m.
God bless Matthew William Kohnle. Kohnle is The Swede. While I'm not sure if the name is a reference to his nationality (or if he ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:24 a.m.
If I told you that Skyscraper Frontier was another band out of L.A. playing an 'eclectic' mixture of songs, you'd probably get that glazed look ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:20 a.m.
South Carolina trio The Last Car in Alaska play a sort of melodic emo-core that must be pretty popular with the Warped Tour audience they've ... read more
Posted Aug. 29, 2007, 11:11 p.m.
Opening up with an old-time accordion intro, you could be forgiven for expecting Ultra Dolphins to play Iron & Wine-esque 'American gothic' folk rock. However, ... read more
Posted Aug. 27, 2007, 2:55 p.m.
I wanted to hate this. I really did. Don't mistake me for an elitist music journalist; A.F.I. is the band responsible for this webzine's founding. ... read more
Posted Aug. 23, 2007, 8:20 p.m.
Continuing on from 2005's Menos El Oso, Minus the Bear's Planet of Ice breaks away from the band's previous shtick of long song names and ... read more
Posted May 22, 2007, 8:22 p.m.
Like their peers Limp Bizkit, Korn and Slipknot, Linkin Park occupies the mysterious musical category of "Oh, they're still around?" In 2007, with the nu-metal ... read more
Posted March 19, 2007, 3:09 p.m.
Like a well-deserved punch to the face, a breath of fresh air in a smog-ridden city, or indeed, a good musician amongst a plethora of ... read more
Posted Oct. 10, 2006, 4:22 p.m.
Have The Mars Volta finally become predictable? Were they already? Are they still churning out jaw-droppingly unexpected music? Did they ever? All these questions and ... read more
Posted Oct. 2, 2006, 3:26 p.m.
I was relieved to find out that Black SS stands for Black Sheep Squadron, and not some Nazi organization, upon receiving this record. The cover ... read more
Posted Sept. 18, 2006, 1:54 p.m.
Lostprophets: a rock critic's dream? If it's not the glossy pop production and so-hook-laden-you-could-fish-with-them songs, we can go the other way and ridicule their male ... read more
Posted Sept. 10, 2006, 1:54 p.m.
When it comes to folk music, I'm pretty clueless. Wikipedia tells me there's neo-folk, folk punk, jazz folk, folk metal, pagan folk, folk noir, psych ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2006, 5:08 p.m.
If the name didn't clue you in, Heideroosjes ("the Meadow Flowers") are one of those oft-mentioned European punk bands; they're the kind who sell thousands ... read more
Posted June 6, 2006, 8:57 a.m.
There are certain phrases that seem to be ever-present in AFI reviews across the music journalism world, suggesting either a lack of originality on the ... read more
Posted May 28, 2006, 11:42 p.m.
So Tom DeLonge finally got his way. Apparently sick of the scatological humor of Blink 182 and ill-received attempts at maturity, the band broke up ... read more
Posted May 14, 2006, 10:53 p.m.
Like some ever-present albatross around the neck of the rock scene, the Red Hot Chili Peppers continue to linger, 23 years after their LA inception; ... read more
Posted April 20, 2006, 7:13 a.m.
So here we are, NOFX's 10th studio album, 3 years on from 2003's War On Errorism. Bush got re-elected, so anyone not expecting more political-themed ... read more
Posted April 9, 2006, 8:59 p.m.
Recorded between shows on The Mars Volta's recent European tour, Omar Rodriguez' second solo outing is a different beast from his previous release on his ... read more
Posted April 2, 2006, 3:52 p.m.
Seattle artist Rocky Votolato has been a busy man of late. His debut record for Barsuk, Makers, has already seen an episode of cult teen ... read more
Posted March 8, 2006, 1 a.m.
Oh! Calcutta! - A Simpsons reference or a slightly more cultured allusion to the 1969 Broadway erotica musical of the same name? Oh! Calcutta! is ... read more
Posted Jan. 7, 2006, 11:05 a.m.
What is the sign of a "great" record? What defines a classic? Is it a cult following? Musical virtuosity? Ambition and drive? Three chords and ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2005, 11:59 a.m.
Have you seen the Frances The Mute cover art yet? Cast your eyes to the right, it's on display there. Two guys, both blindfolded, and ... read more
Posted Sept. 21, 2004, 4 p.m.
Like too many of their musical peers, Green Day, the longtime bay area punk/pop heroes, have thrown down their challenge to the American government with ... read more
Posted Sept. 8, 2004, 4 p.m.
Fans of the bespectacled Omar of At The Drive-In/Mars Volta fame will already have an idea of how this record will sound thanks to Rodriguez-Lopez's ... read more
Posted Aug. 19, 2004, 11:31 a.m.
Posted Feb. 29, 2004, 7:15 a.m.
This was always going to be a difficult record to make. Offspring have a strange legion of fans ranging from Orange County punk rockers remembering ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 9:20 p.m.
Hmm.. I'm sure this band have a large enough fanbase, I really am. I bet there's a ton of kids that love Rise Against (should ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 6:26 p.m.
Beginning with a short riff-based intro, this record then kicks itself straight into life, inspiring this reviewer to do the same. Exit English, the band's ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 5:22 p.m.
A friend had described Ozma to me as being 'like Weezer, but wussier.' I've never been a fan of Weezer, I could never get into ... read more
Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 8:38 a.m.
This record is by no means bad, but it's also not a great record. As a newcomer to Thrice, I was prepared to give this ... read more
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