Album Review: Danzig – Black Laden Crown

Philip Cosores Album Reviews, gothic metal, hardcore, metal, punk, Punk News, Reviews 0 Comments

It’s hard for a dark ‘n’ heavy rock star to maintain a suitable patina of evil when viral internet memes picture him in a supermarket parking lot carrying kitty litter to his Jaguar. Or when a backstage video with 3,577,795 views shows said rock star going down hard thanks to a one-punch K.O. But with Black Laden Crown, singer Glenn …

Album Review: Wavves – You’re Welcome

Michael Roffman Album Reviews, Indie Rock, Noise pop, Pop Punk, Punk News 0 Comments

Wavves has always been a punk band that sounds like they’re on the verge of imploding. Since the late ‘00s, back when the project was just the brainchild of frontman Nathan Williams, the singer has never shied away from his vices. Those habits (namely a penchant for drinking and smoking copious amounts of weed) have informed his writing for better …

Album Review: Paramore – After Laughter

Matt Melis Album Reviews, Alternative Rock, emo, Emo Pop, Pop Punk, Pop-Rock, Power Pop, Punk News, Reviews 0 Comments

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, now five LPs and numerous …

Album Review: DREAMCAR – DREAMCAR

Collin Brennan 1980s, 80s, Album Reviews, Alternative Rock, Punk News, rock, Supergroup, Synth Pop 0 Comments

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, stepping into each with a …

Album Review: PWR BTTM – Pageant

Philip Cosores Album Reviews, Garage punk, Indie Rock, Punk News, Punk Rock, Queercore, Reviews 0 Comments

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 it’s got nothing on growth …

Album Review: Girlpool – Powerplant

Matt Melis Album Reviews, Indie Rock, Punk News 0 Comments

There’s a small but telling moment on “123”, the first song on the sophomore full-length, Powerplant, from Girlpool. The band’s duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad, separated by an octave, sing, “While the moth doesn’t talk/ But in the dress the holes you saw.” The song grapples with absence – that the dress could best be known by its …

Album Review: Blondie – Pollinator

Michael Roffman '70s, '80s Nostalgia, Album Reviews, Classic Rock News, Disco, New Wave, Pop, Punk News, rock 0 Comments

Blondie’s intentions were clear when they released “Fun” and “Long Time” earlier this year. The two singles for their 11th studio album, Pollinator, make the case that zero time has lapsed since the band’s 1978 masterpiece, Parallel Lines. Of course, several decades have come and gone since Blondie emerged as part of New York’s punk rock scene in the mid-1970s. Whereas their CBGBs …

Album Review: At The Drive In – in.ter.a.li.a

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At The Drive In has a history of surfacing when rock and roll needs them most. At a time when boy bands and and teen pop largely ruled over popular music, 2000’s Relationship of Command helped usher in a new wave of interesting, innovative rock and roll into the mainstream. Much like Nevermind nearly a decade prior, Relationship was one of a small handful …

Album Review: Feist – Pleasure

Nina Corcoran Album Reviews, Folk, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Punk News 0 Comments

If you’re lucky, at some point in life you meet a person who radiates an inexplicable warmth, like there’s a tiny star glowing inside of them. You don’t have to love them. You don’t even have to be friends. The person brightens whatever space they enter regardless of association. They immediately impact others surrounding them, even if they don’t engage …