Album Review: Various Artists - Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6

Album Review: Various Artists – Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6

The problem with the Punk Goes series is not that the bands selected for the compilation no longer come remotely close to falling under the “punk” umbrella. It is also not the fault of the bands, who are now selected not by the merit of their music, but by the buzz...
Interview: Cyrus Bolooki of New Found Glory

Interview: Cyrus Bolooki of New Found Glory

When you’ve been in a band as long as New Found Glory has, it’s likely that you develop a unique perspective of the music scene. Despite a horrific beginning to 2014, the band re-emerged as a four-piece to relesase Resurrection, an album teeming with the positive pop-punk you’ve come to expect...
Album Review: PVRIS- White Noise

Album Review: PVRIS- White Noise

“You give me something to talk about.” Those words kick off the best pop song 2014 has to offer- try as Taylor Swift might. Those are the words of Lyndsey Gunnulfsen of the Lowell, Massachusetts pop-rock trio PVRIS- but it just as well could be the words of all the...
Album Review: Pianos Become The Teeth- Keep You

Album Review: Pianos Become The Teeth- Keep You

“I want you to know, I’ll get by. Always barely scraping, with just a hunger, a heart apart. It’s a hell of a thing.” Such were the parting words of Pianos Become The Teeth’s last full-length The Lack Long After. The closing track of that record, “I’ll Get By” eschewed...
Album Review: Have Mercy - A Place of Our Own

Album Review: Have Mercy – A Place of Our Own

When Have Mercy burst onto the scene with their overpowering, impressive debut full-length The Earth Pushed Back last year, they were firmly on the radar as a band to watch. The Baltimore, MD band’s debut showed an ability to weld emotional lyrics with modern rock musicianship in ways that very few...
Album Review: Gates- Bloom and Breathe

Album Review: Gates- Bloom and Breathe

I feel like perhaps the best place to begin this review is by stating that Moving Mountains is one of my favorite bands ever; I loved each of their releases for entirely different reason, and I was incredibly saddened when they announced their indefinite hiatus. I felt like no other...
Inerview: Tay Jardine of We Are The In Crowd

Inerview: Tay Jardine of We Are The In Crowd

We Are The In Crowd have carved out a very interesting career for themselves. Despite forming only 5 years ago, they’ve shared stages with the likes of Yellowcard, All Time Low, and countless others, headlined major punk music festivals like the Bamboozle and Reading and Leeds, and churned out two...
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Album Review: Various Artists - Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6

Album Review: Various Artists – Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6

The problem with the Punk Goes series is not that the bands selected for the compilation no longer come remotely close to falling under the “punk” umbrella. It is also not the fault of the bands, who are now selected not by the merit of their music, but by the buzz of their brand. No, the...
Interview: Cyrus Bolooki of New Found Glory

Interview: Cyrus Bolooki of New Found Glory

When you’ve been in a band as long as New Found Glory has, it’s likely that you develop a unique perspective of the music scene. Despite a horrific beginning to 2014, the band re-emerged as a four-piece to relesase Resurrection, an album teeming with the positive pop-punk you’ve come to expect and love from the band,...
Album Review: PVRIS- White Noise

Album Review: PVRIS- White Noise

“You give me something to talk about.” Those words kick off the best pop song 2014 has to offer- try as Taylor Swift might. Those are the words of Lyndsey Gunnulfsen of the Lowell, Massachusetts pop-rock trio PVRIS- but it just as well could be the words of all the music critics, myself included, who...
Album Review: Pianos Become The Teeth- Keep You

Album Review: Pianos Become The Teeth- Keep You

“I want you to know, I’ll get by. Always barely scraping, with just a hunger, a heart apart. It’s a hell of a thing.” Such were the parting words of Pianos Become The Teeth’s last full-length The Lack Long After. The closing track of that record, “I’ll Get By” eschewed the band’s cynical, snarling post-hardcore...
Album Review: Have Mercy - A Place of Our Own

Album Review: Have Mercy – A Place of Our Own

When Have Mercy burst onto the scene with their overpowering, impressive debut full-length The Earth Pushed Back last year, they were firmly on the radar as a band to watch. The Baltimore, MD band’s debut showed an ability to weld emotional lyrics with modern rock musicianship in ways that very few bands have ever been able...
Album Review: Gates- Bloom and Breathe

Album Review: Gates- Bloom and Breathe

I feel like perhaps the best place to begin this review is by stating that Moving Mountains is one of my favorite bands ever; I loved each of their releases for entirely different reason, and I was incredibly saddened when they announced their indefinite hiatus. I felt like no other band was going to be...
Inerview: Tay Jardine of We Are The In Crowd

Inerview: Tay Jardine of We Are The In Crowd

We Are The In Crowd have carved out a very interesting career for themselves. Despite forming only 5 years ago, they’ve shared stages with the likes of Yellowcard, All Time Low, and countless others, headlined major punk music festivals like the Bamboozle and Reading and Leeds, and churned out two catchy, charismatic full-lengths in the...
Album Review: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness- Self-Titled

Album Review: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness- Self-Titled

The 1996 non-fiction account of Christopher McCandless in John Krakauer’s Into the Wild struck a chord with audiences because it transcended just a simple journey into the wilderness. It struck at the meaning of one’s identity within a society and an existentialist search for the meaning in what is an otherwise nihilist world. McCandless tried...
Show Review: You, Me and Everyone We Know, Blithedale Romance at the Bomb Shelter

Show Review: You, Me and Everyone We Know, Blithedale Romance at the Bomb Shelter

If you were the proud owner of a home, chances are you’d never let over 100 strangers into your basement for a night. It’s just not practical. Think of all the mess these people you don’t know would leave there. The list of things that couldn’t go wrong would be dwarfed by the list of...
Album Review: From Indian Lakes - Absent Sounds

Album Review: From Indian Lakes – Absent Sounds

  At some point, between “Come In This Light” and “Fog,” the bookend tracks of From Indian Lakes’s sophomore full-length (and first release on new label Triple Crown), you will likely realize a few things: first and foremost, the album is a very consistent and cohesive effort, building upon the band’s potential they clearly showcased...
Album Review: Yellowcard- Lift a Sail

Album Review: Yellowcard- Lift a Sail

Five and half years go, Blink 182 announced their reunion at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Since then they have released a critically panned LP and a mediocre EP. Yellowcard, despite giving their fellow pop-punk stalwarts an 18 month head start (Yellowcard announced their own reunion in August of 2010) have still sufficiently lapped the California...
Album Review: Sleepwave - Broken Compass

Album Review: Sleepwave – Broken Compass

The disbanding of Underoath has been discussed enough, but the band’s impact on the scene cannot be overstated. The band were a rare perfect storm of talent, creativity, and marketability, and that combination catapulted them to a level of stardom we may never see again in metalcore. With such high levels of talent oozing from...