Have a Nice Life – Sea of Worry

As important as first impressions can be, they’re often given more weight than they deserve. Lead singles often receive these types of extreme initial reactions, something exacerbated by the seemingly increasing number of pre-album tracks bands release these days. Sure, these songs can be a perfect outline for what listeners…

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Secret Shame – Dark Synthetics

As I covered in our video premiere for “Calm,” Secret Shame strike just the right balance of post-punk nostalgia and innovation. The group employs a “dark rock” kaleidoscope throughout Dark Synthetics that touches on elements of deathrock, darkwave, and goth rock. Yet, at their core, the band maintains the punk…

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Helms Alee – Noctiluca

When I say grunge or post-punk, I bet the first adjective that pops into your head isn’t “fun”, right? Sure, the genres can be irreverent and often incorporate a kind of rebellious humor but they’re also usually coated with a grave seriousness, a thematic kind of weight. But on their…

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What’s Up Punks? May 2019, part 2

So here we are with the second installment of this month’s cavalcade of punk music in just about every style imaginable. Punk is, after all, as much a mindset as a musical style, right? Right. There’s a lot to get to so I won’t hold you up. Dig in, enjoy.…

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Premiere: Philadelphia’s crown of pity Channel Melancholy Through Glorious Volume On Newest Single “Rather Be Nothing”

Today we have guest writer Evan Lurie of Arctic Drones premiering the last single from the upcoming album Just by the Philadelphia heavy shoegaze duo crown of pity. You can check out more of Evan’s writing here: http://arcticdrones.com/author/evanlurie/ Sharing the same home ground of bands like A Sunny Day in…

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Vaura – Sables

Of all the musical periods that have risen back into prominence, the ’80s have arguably enjoyed the most success back in the spotlight. Sure, we’re also seeing an influx of influence from ’60s/’70s singer-songwriters in modern folk, pop and rock, as well as some echoes of grunge resurfacing from the…

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