Hey! Listen to Dune Rats!

Nothing can get me pumped up quite like pop punk anthems. They might not be the loudest or heaviest tracks in the world, but there’s always a lot of positive energy to them. They can sometimes touch on kind of heavy issues and personal lives, but they’re always presented in…

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Spanish Love Songs – Brave Faces Everyone

“So let me ruin my guts tonight” sings Dylan Slocum as Spanish Love Songs’ latest full-length, Brave Faces Everyone, kicks into gear on album opener, “Routine Pain”. The preamble is filled with self-effacing lyrics that see how much “lower (he) can go” as it sets the tone for a set…

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Anti-Flag – 20/20 Vision

It’s an election year in the United States, arguably the most divisive election year in the country’s history, if not ever. I (and many others) predicted we’d see a glut of politically motivated punk rock after the results of the 2016 election in the States and true to form that’s…

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Hey! Listen to Charly Bliss!

If I’ve written it once, I’ve written it a hundred times on this blog: I love power pop, and I don’t care who knows it. I think everyone on this blog, and all of you reading, feel very similarly about music in general. There’s something you love that you feel…

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Hey! Listen to Strawberry Girls!

Of all the ways post-hardcore could have evolved, who could have predicted we’d eventually be talking about something called “Swancore.” The quasi-genre has spun out more significantly than I’m sure Will Swan might have guessed when he co-founded Dance Gavin Dance. At the same time, his signature guitar style is…

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Hey! Listen to Strung Out!

One of the things I’ve come to appreciate about my musical tastes as I go through life is that everything tends to have its own niche often attached to specific feelings and moments. Sometimes those moments, in hindsight, prove acutely painful yet still reveal things I have learned from. One…

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Good Riddance – Thoughts and Prayers

For the better part of 25 years Good Riddance have cranked out fast paced, melodic hardcore that raised the bar for the entire genre. With a sound defined by Luke Pabich’s riffs that meticulously entwine power, speed, and melody alongside the weighty, typically political lyrics of Russ Rankin delivered in…

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Hey! Listen to Turnspit!

Everybody has their likes and their dislikes. And we all have those things that we like no matter how much other people hate it. For me, there’s a few. Songs with organ parts; songs with horn sections; 90s-00s ska bands; and female-led pop punk and power pop bands. Chicago’s Turnspit…