Album Review: Japandroids – Near to the Wild Heart of Life

8 songs, 35-ish minutes, and an album cover in black and white simply depicting the two band members.  This is the Japandroids formula, for better or worse.  Their latest release, the much anticipated Near to the Wild Heart of Life shows a sense of familiarity and growth.  After going dark for nearly 3 years (meaning no shows,… Continue reading Album Review: Japandroids – Near to the Wild Heart of Life

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Show Review – Bouncing Souls, Masked Intruder, The Scandals, Irving Plaza, 12/15/16

A few weeks ago, on a random Thursday night, I went from having no real plans to meeting and seeing one of my favorite punk bands play both a sound check and a full headlining set, all for the price of on the house.  This was all thanks to a contest I entered on Brooklynvegan.com… Continue reading Show Review – Bouncing Souls, Masked Intruder, The Scandals, Irving Plaza, 12/15/16

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Favorite Christmas/Holiday Songs

I’ve always been a big fan of Christmas and holiday songs, developing a slight obsession in my early 20s by searching everywhere for as many of these types of songs as possible (primarily in the punk/emo and Hip Hop genres), and making various mixes.  I loved the Santa Cause Compilations put out by Immortal Records, as well… Continue reading Favorite Christmas/Holiday Songs

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New Album Reviews: Fall 2016

Naked and Famous: Simple Forms TNAF’s third release builds upon their previous efforts.  It may not be groundbreaking and definitely has some of the same, but there are without a doubt some killer dance tracks here that continue to show what these guys are capable of.  I’ve always viewed them as a more subdued Passion… Continue reading New Album Reviews: Fall 2016

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Menzingers Announce ‘After the Party’

After releasing the killer new track “Lookers” over the summer, and playing a few new tracks on their most recent tour, The Menzingers have formally announced the release of After the Party on February 3rd, their third album on Epitaph Records. They also released another new track, “Bad Catholics.”  If these two new songs are any indication of… Continue reading Menzingers Announce ‘After the Party’

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Album Review: Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues

Jimmy Eat World’s ninth album is arguably its best since 2007’s Chase This Light.  The band has been able to maintain consistency over its 20-plus year history, never removing themselves too much from fan favorite Clarity and breakout hit Bleed American.  However, while their two most recent albums, 2013’s Damage and 2010’s Invented each have a… Continue reading Album Review: Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues

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Album Review: Conor Oberst – Ruminations

The technical 7th solo album by Conor Oberst is just that, solo.  This is Conor singing over mostly acoustic guitar, piano and harmonica.  Definitely not as depressing as early Bright Eyes work (see Lifted or Fevers and Mirrors), and not as “folky” as some of his Mystic Valley band stuff and Cassadaga-era Bright Eyes, this is Conor… Continue reading Album Review: Conor Oberst – Ruminations