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Antagonizers ATL: Punk Positivity Amidst Times of Uncertainty

7 March 2022

“We want nothing more than to have people come away with positive feelings from our band because we know everyone has experienced some kind of loss and pain but the power of music can help ease it,” said Zacharyj.

Power Pop Now

24 February 2022

Mo Troper, Peter Gill of 2nd Grade and Ben Cook of Young Guv talk modern power pop and the music that inspires it.

Sweat: Debut LP Offers Fiery Hardcore Evolution

16 February 2022

“I do music because it’s a passion, it moves me. I also work to contribute to make it better and create something that can be inclusive. Wrestling also challenges me and I’m hopeful my passion for it can make positive contributions to improve it. If I can make connections with people doing both, I know I’m doing something right.”

"You're Pretty Good For A Girl" by Lynn Perko-Truell

8 February 2022

Lynn Perko-Truell of Imperial Teen, Sister Double Happiness and The Wrecks talks about her time drumming with the (SF) Dicks in this chapter excerpt from ‘Forbidden Beat: Perspectives on Punk Drumming.’

Absolution Is Out Of The Question

16 December 2021

Uncomfortable truths from Bob Mehr’s Replacements biography, ‘Trouble Boys,’ have created a sort of cognitive dissonance for some fans of a certain age.

TV Queens

TV Queens: Tune into New Wave, synth-pop, and electro-soul

9 December 2021

Dayton, Ohio-located pop/soul outfit TV Queens have release an enticing, ’80s-vibed single that melds spacey synth-pop and soulful vocals.

Johnny Manchild

Johnny Manchild And The Poor Bastards: They Deserve a Room, Even If They Didn’t Ask for One

30 November 2021

The multi-genre ensemble helmed by Johnny Manchild have recently released a compilation album of long-awaited demos and new compositions.

Pageant Boys

Pageant Boys: Capturing the Revolt against the Status Quo

19 November 2021

Alexander Sheppard mixes clever melodies with dark soundscapes to create truly original pieces of American art on his new album.

The Serpenteens

The Serpenteens: Toppling genre conventions with the power of two

12 November 2021

Nashville-based, garage-punk/dark surf duo The Serpenteens offer up guitar power, infectious rhythms, and biting social commentary on their new LP.

Quick Fiction 2

Quick Fiction: Truth in moving on and forward via debut album

2 November 2021

San Francisco Bay Area genre-melding outfit Quick Fiction deliver an exciting to reflective math-/prog-/post-rock/pop punk/folk hybrid album.

New You

New You: Double the deft songwriting and textural elements on new single

28 October 2021

Washington/Massachusetts indie/alt-rock outfit New You deliver not one, but two fresh singles that drench power pop in guitar-driven fuzz.

Vanishing Shores

Vanishing Shores: Exploring beauty and truth with transcendent songwriting

20 October 2021

Cleveland-located singer-songwriter Kevin Bianchi collaborates with a rotating cast of musicians on his heartfelt new album with real life themes.

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The Replacements’ 'Sorry Ma' At 40

13 October 2021

A lifelong Replacements “Customer” impatiently waits for his 40th Anniversary Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash box set to arrive from Rhino Records.


EEP: Gazing into heartbreak on dreamy and melodic new single

4 October 2021

The El Paso, Texas exploratory shoegaze outfit unveil the captivating lead track from their exciting and enthralling upcoming album.

Odd Beholder 2

Odd Beholder: Almodovar, Climate Change, and Setting Planes on Fire

23 September 2021

Intriguing and astute Swiss electro-/art-pop singer, songwriter, and activist Daniela Weinmann reveals details about her new album and premieres a music video.

Devotions - Pusher

Devotions: Nostalgic and Dreamy Pop from Australia

21 September 2021

The dreampop trio, who are inspired by films, art, and post-punk music, recently released their debut album via Somewherecold Records.

Neil Burkdoll

Among The Clouds: Musician and Shoegazer Neil Burkdoll launches new YouTube channel

9 September 2021

Burkdoll (Whimsical, LoveBlind) interviews shoegaze, dreampop, and adjacent bands/artists in video format, including Ringo Deathstarr and A Place To Bury Strangers.

Steve Kilby

Steve Kilbey Strides Down ‘The Hall of Counterfeits’ with ‘Winged Heels’

4 September 2021

The Hall of Counterfeits is an unwieldy chaotic dense bunch of songs that we have plucked fresh out of the thin air.”

Sonny Vincent: Rocker Returns With New Record And Debut Book- Snake Pit Therapy

1 September 2021

“Asking for help and turning to people has also humbled me. I still have angst within me, as evident on the records but I do feel hope. To work and create something among all the rubble that is going on is very powerful and forever positive.”

Lavender Blush

Lavender Blush: A Seasoned Dreampop/Shoegaze Artist Blooms Anew

1 September 2021

The full band was pared down to veteran musician Ryan Lescure during the pandemic, with other vocalists added later to their upcoming LP.

Hawks Do Not Share

Hawks Do Not Share: Reaching for their Dream on upcoming Album

30 August 2021

The Portland, Oregon-located electro-/synth-/dream-pop group have unveiled their engaging lead single from their upcoming 2nd LP.

Don Lifted 2

Don Lifted: Taking Memphis R&B and ambient music to mysterious new depths

24 August 2021

Lawrence Matthews, the multi-talented creative behind Don Lifted, will soon unveil his latest alluring and stylistically hybrid album via Fat Possum.

Monta At Odds

Monta At Odds: Out of Infinite Darkness, a Peak of Eternal Light

17 August 2021

Kansas City-based collective Monta At Odds ply a dark synth-pop/ethereal sound on their new album out now via Record Machine Label.

Slow Crush 2

Slow Crush: Enigmatic & Enthralling Music that Embraces the Unknown

6 August 2021

The acclaimed Belgian heavy shoegaze band unveil a transfixing new single/music video ahead of second album Hush via Quiet Panic/ Church Road Records.

Rykarda Parasol

Rykarda Parasol: A Mesmerizing Storyteller merges Music & Lyrics

2 August 2021

International rock/pop noir artist (and poet/writer, and illustrator) Rykarda Parasol returns with a captivating new album and lyrics book.

Anthrax: XL Anniversary Retrospective

30 July 2021

“I’ve never been the type of person to say anything in life was easy, even Anthrax. My father had abandoned my family, for whatever reasons, when I was 10. Music was my outlet and it saved me. I knew music was something I HAD to do! I got tunnel vision very early and focused on nothing but that goal. Joining Anthrax felt like I had even more purpose and my family were supportive though I was really going thru a lot.”


Rockford: Heavy and Gritty - Alternative Rock as it should be!

28 July 2021

Dutch stoner rock/grunge band Rockford deliver the alternative rock goods on their new single and accompanying music video.


TRISHES: Blending Activism and Art to reflect our Humanity

26 July 2021

Trinidadian Trish Hosein uses spoken word, vocal effects, and live looping on her upcoming album that mixes pop, hip-hop, and more.

Black Tape For A Blue Girl

Projekt Records’ renowned Black Tape For a Blue Girl to return (hopefully) with New Album

25 July 2021

Sam Rosenthal, owner of Projekt Records, darkwave pioneer, and mastermind of electronic/Gothic/darkwave/ambient BTFABG needs your help to fund Kickstarter campaign to create this album! Only 4 days to go!

Emmaline Twist

Emmaline Twist: Melancholic melody and moody textures in equal measure

19 July 2021

Kansas City-based band Emmaline Twist blend vibrant art-rock and haunting post-punk on their latest single and are currently recording new music.

Prince of Lilies

Prince Of Lilies: Grunge, punk, and garage rock rule!

15 July 2021

The grunge-punk outfit drop a new single/music video, and get the royal treatment from renowned Steve Albini for their upcoming debut album.

Broken Baby

Broken Baby: Creating dance-punk music for the End Times

14 July 2021

The LA-based outfit’s anthemic single gets the party started before the arrival of their pop-loving, punk-spirited second album in September.

Miss Cantaloupe 2

Miss Cantaloupe: Bringing Back Sweetness & Light

7 July 2021

After over a year of devastation, we are slowly coming back to life and Philadelphia indie (dream)pop outfit Miss Cantaloupe celebrate with a lovely new album.

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Reb Fountain: Mysterious, Mesmerizing, and Meaningful Music

29 June 2021

The Christchurch, New Zealand-residing singer-songwriter unveils a relevant new single/video that’s a dark harbinger for her upcoming album on Flying Nun.

The Fey

The Fey: Genre-benders offer up a smooth blend of alternative R&B music

22 June 2021

The Nebraska-based outfit mix R&B, electronic, blues, rock, soul, reggae, and more on their newly released ’80s/‘90s-vibed album.

Paper Airplane

Paper Airplane: In Honor Of A Friend's Beloved Daughter

17 June 2021

Singer-songwriter Ryan Horns pays tribute to our very own writer Chip Midnight’s late daughter Olivia on a poignant new single.

Alex Skolnick: Versatile Guitarist Reflects on Enduring Career

14 June 2021

“Jazz offered me a whole new world and it was very exciting! I enjoyed the new challenges of improv. Why should I limit myself? It was certainly difficult at first and at times, felt like starting all over! I had technique, I could sweep pick, play fast but a lot of my other techniques I relied on didn’t transfer. The dynamics are totally different. The chords don’t transfer and the natural feel is a different level,” stated Skolnick.

John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice: A Tribute To A Departed Friend

11 June 2021

Renowned songwriter/musician/producer John Vanderslice is set to release a tribute and rarities collection in honor of his late friend David Berman.

Courier Club 2

Courier Club: Waking Up To The Possibilities

11 June 2021

Philadelphian indie rock/post-punk outfit Courier Club release a stirring new single and chat about their exploratory hybrid-genre music.

Steady Wells

Steady Wells: Social Media Can Inspire Creators

7 June 2021

Jordan Smith of Twinsmith drops a nostalgic soft rock track as Steady Wells and talks about this flexible new music project.

The Ember Glows

The Ember Glows: Passerby

2 April 2021

The Ember Glows: From Montreal With Love. And Guitars.

Tomahawk: 20th Anniversary Brings Tonic Immobility

29 March 2021

“Tomahawk has always been this special place where we can play hard, heavy music and mix in expressionism with a vocalist who can do anything. Tonic Immobility is a statement we’re still around and still doing it. You can take life at your own pace. Sometimes, you just have to wait until the time is right.”

The Bones Of Jim Jones: A Rural Journey

24 March 2021

A brief look into a new band – time balanced by fear and excitement, and The Big Question.

Shuffle & Bang: That Crossover Swag

18 February 2021

“From the moment we’re born into this world we have a natural, rhythmic beat; Our heart. The pulsing rhythm is just like drums,” affirmed Horn.

2020: The Reissues That Rocked - 5 Of The Best

19 December 2020

As 2020 rolls to a close, writer Kevin Burke looks at a selection of worthwhile reissues

2020: The Bravery & The Art - 10 Of The Best 

19 December 2020

2020 was a brave year to release music without the touring or usual album promotion, writer Kevin Burke explores 10 of the Best album release

Black Halos: Tribute Single Sparks Reunion

12 December 2020

“It will be great to get back out but I am sure once on the road, I’ll laugh and say ‘Oh God, why am I doing this all over again?’ We always worked to play all-ages shows, why preach to the converted? We’re like a sick rock & roll cult that wants to recruit a new congregation,” laughed Hopeless.

Everyone’s Quiet When the Record Ends: An Oral Retrospective of Joan of Arc

7 December 2020

Tim Kinsella, Melina Ausikaitis, Theo Katsaounis, and Bobby Burg tell the tale of bringing Joan of Arc to an end in this oral retrospective.

Subhumans: Anger As Unity

30 September 2020

“In the face of futures postponed or cancelled, the underbelly of civilization shows itself in increased violence and racism while caution, politeness and caring are disregarded without a thought by those who feel freed to do so by the examples set by their leaders.”

David Bowie Diamond Dogs album cover

David Bowie: Revisiting Diamond Dogs in the Age of Covid-19

12 September 2020

Amidst a pandemic, political unrest, and economic distress, Diamond Dogs offers a new translation to a listener in 2020. David Bowie infused his talent for changing personas directly into the album itself as though he knew something that we did not. It is almost if he knew this was coming.