By Philip Cosores

Album Review: Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Arcade Fire’s 2013 rollout for Reflektor was, in many ways, as memorable as that record’s music. There was the guerrilla graffiti art campaign that cryptically ushered in awareness of the project before seeing blowback for property damage. There were the secret shows where fans were instructed to dress up in their shiniest. There was the […]

By Matt Melis

Album Review: Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm

The title of Katie Crutchfield’s new album as Waxahatchee, Out in the Storm, might ring familiar to her longtime fans. After all, it was a snowstorm that once left the songwriter stranded in her parents’ Alabama home, an imposed seclusion that directly led to her project’s brilliant, trembling debut, American Weekend. The songs on that […]

By Matt Melis

Album Review: Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder

In the opening to season three of HBO series The Leftovers, a woman in the 1800s climbs her roof to prepare for the end of the world, an apocalyptic flood her church predicted will arrive. When it doesn’t, the pastor announces the date was wrong and reschedules a new Armageddon, but members of her congregation, […]

By Matt Melis

Album Review: Paramore – After Laughter

After Laughter finds Paramore, like Carly Rae Jepsen and M83 before them, delving into the pantheon of ’80s pop and declaring, “There’s gold in them hills.” Awash in primary colors, After Laughter sheds the harder edge of its predecessor, Paramore, which accented its pop bona fides with chugging guitars and a distinctly rockist energy. Paramore, […]

By Collin Brennan

Album Review: DREAMCAR – DREAMCAR

One would be hard-pressed to count all the hats Davy Havok has worn in the 20-plus years since his career took off as the frontman of that shape-shifting creature called AFI. From hardcore punk to devil-locked goth to bespoke rock‘n’roll star, Havok has shown a remarkable ability to inhabit every archetype he can dream up, […]

By Philip Cosores

Album Review: PWR BTTM – Pageant

Pop punk’s not dead. But it’s not not-dead in quite the way that nostalgic attendees of New Found Glory’s Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour and lifetime Blink-182 devotees may think it’s not dead. Pop punk isn’t dead because, thanks to bands like PWR BTTM, it’s evolving. And thank fucking god. Because nostalgia is great, but […]