By Lizard Hips

Lizard Hips – Top 10 albums of 2017

Weird year for stuff, some of it bad some of it excellent. My top 2 will not surprise some people and it’s mostly business as usual. Some returning bands – The Bronx have absolutely excelled themselves on the new one – USA Nails might not be in the giddy heights of their first two records, […]

By Michael Roffman

Top 50 Songs of 2007

So much of 2017 has related to excess, and whether you have it or you’re annoyed by it. Whether in noise, media, social media, words, money, things, or more — MORE?! — we’re constantly bombarded by volume; some of us come away from that wanting more, and others just want it to stop and shrivel […]

By Michael Roffman

Top 50 Songs of 2017

So much of 2017 has related to excess, and whether you have it or you’re annoyed by it. Whether in noise, media, social media, words, money, things, or more — MORE?! — we’re constantly bombarded by volume; some of us come away from that wanting more, and others just want it to stop and shrivel […]

By Matt Melis

Top 25 Songs of 1977

Decades is a recurring feature that turns back the clock to critical anniversaries of albums, songs, and films. This month, we dial it back to the top 25 songs of 1977. As we wrap up the musical side of our inaugural year of Decades — a trip that revisited the best albums and songs from 2007, […]

By Lizard Hips

Ampwrecked 14: New Music For Your Ears

Death From Above – Never Swim Alone (Last Gang) The comments below Death From Above‘s latest single are certainly interesting. Content to continue dividing opinion, Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F Keeler push the boundaries of their minimal set up, especially on Never Swim Alone; which, sounds like a wrestler’s entrance music. Seriously. Don’t read this […]

By Eddie Fu

Converge announce first album in five years, The Dusk In Us, share “Under Duress”: Stream

Photo by Reid Haithcock When Converge dropped a new 7-inch EP in July, the metalcore legends teased an upcoming full-length as well. Today, Boston quartet has made good on the promise by announcing its first album in five years, The Dusk In Us, out November 3rd via Epitaph and Deathwish. Converge’s ninth full-length is self-produced […]

By cosstaff

Top 50 Cover Songs from Movies

Say Anything has “In Your Eyes”, Goodfellas has “Layla”, Apocalypse Now has “The End”, and Fight Club has “Where Is My Mind”. These are established truths. But a cover song in a movie is different. It can actually elevate the drama — ascribing meaning and sentiment to the music being played. All of a sudden this song that we’re pretty sure we’ve […]

By Lizard Hips

PABST / Autisti – Split 7″

Bands: PABST / AutistiEP: Split 7″Label: CrazySane RecordsRelease date: 1 SeptemberSounds like: Pedal-stamping, slacker-grunge shred. Surely one of the best kept secrets in the underground music scene is CrazySane Records, right? This little Berlin-based label, run by Chris Breuer of ear-bothers HEADS. has been quietly releasing some great records, split 7″ and EPs over the last […]

By Collin Brennan

10 Hair Metal Albums That Don’t Suck

Sometimes, music criticism in the 21st century can seem like one big, hapless exercise in re-evaluation. The ascension of poptimism means we can no longer scoff at or ascribe shame to mainstream commercial tastes, and when critics aren’t heaping praise on the Beyoncés and Taylor Swifts of the world, we’re turning back the clock and […]