By Matt Melis

Album Review: Converge – The Dusk in Us

As introductions to a band’s music go, few seem poorer than the music video for Converge’s 2006 single “No Heroes”. An unintentionally droll use of green screen, it presents the New England metallic hardcore quartet performing amidst the rapid collapse of what we can surmise as some urban dystopia, Boston or Providence or somewhere equally […]

By Ben Kaye

Live Review: Brand New at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre (10/19)

Photography by Ben Kaye It’s strange to think that my first time at the gorgeous Brooklyn Kings Theatre could be my last time seeing the infallibly excellent Brand New. If that’s how it ends up being scrawled in the books, then it certainly won’t be reflected upon in disappointment. Still, after seeing that grand, majestic […]

By Eddie Fu

At the Drive-In and Death From Above to tour together in Europe

Death From Above photo by David Brendan Hall/At The Drive-In photo by Heather Kaplan At the Drive-In resurfaced in April with in•ter a•li•a, their first album in 17 years. On the heels of an appearance at Riot Fest, the El Paso rockers are about to embark on an international leg that includes stops in Japan, […]

By Ben Kaye

Hüsker Dü share huge Savage Young Dü box set with loads of previously unreleased material: Stream

Chicago reissue label Numero Group will give fans a comprehensive look at the early days of Hüsker Dü when they release the massive Savage Young Dü box set this November 10th. Compiled over seven years from tapes and early demos, the 69-track collection is already being streamed in full over at NPR. Available as four LPs or three […]

By Michael Roffman

The 25 Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 2017

As we eyeball the final stretch, it’s never easy to tell whether the year in music is speeding up or slowing down. In Tinsel Town, we all know the Oscar hopefuls will be coming soon to a theater near us as summer fades and fall settles in. Music’s different, though. Forget a barrage of holiday […]

By Eddie Fu

Hot Water Music share new single/video “Vultures”: Watch

In September, Hot Water Music will return with Light It Up, their first album in five years. After teasing the release with the anthemic “Never Going Back”, the Gainesville, Florida natives have followed up with another teaser in “Vultures”. Directed and edited by Andrew Seward, the accompanying video consists entirely of fan-submitted footage from throughout the punk […]

By Michelle Geslani

Hot Water Music announce new album, share charging lead single “Never Going Back” — listen

Punk rock veterans Hot Water Music will return with their first album in five years later this summer. Titled Light It Up, it marks their eighth full-length to date and second for label Rise Records. The Exister follow-up collects 12 tracks, all of which were produced by Hot Water Music — a duty they prided […]

By Mittens XVX

Direwolves – The Great Year

Artist: Direwolves Title: The Great Year Release: Digital / LP Year: 2017 Label: Throatruiner Records It took almost three years for Direwolves to come up with the successor to their magnificent “Aegri Somnia”. The new rager, called “The Great Year”, is another outburst of strong emotions coming from this French band, and there’s no doubt, they put a lot of effort […]

By Ben Kaye

Pile premiere their new album, A Hairshirt of Purpose: Stream

Photo by Elisabeth Fuchsia Boston favorites Pile will release A Hairshirt of Purpose, their fifth album in 10 years of existence, on March 31st via Exploding in Sound. Like each of their previous efforts — including 2015’s You’re Better Than This — the new record finds the band evolving beyond the expectations of what came before as they toy with the high […]

By Mittens XVX

V.A. – I Can Already Smell Your Unhappyness

Artist: Various Title: I Can Already Smell Your Unhappyness Release: Tape, Digital Year: 2016 Label: Prejudice Me “I Can Already Smell Your Unhappyness” is an awesome compilation featuring 16 DIY punk bands to celebrate five years of Prejudice Me label’s existence! Prejudice Me is Fran & Zoe’s cute DIY label and distro that started out in 2011 simply as a […]