Veara – Growing Up Is Killing Me – Music Stream

April 1, 2014

Georgia’s Veara remind me of the glut of good-but-indestinguishable pop punk bands of the late ’90s. They have heart, they have skills, but they haven’t found their unique voice by their second album, and really, that’s ok.

Marmozets – Music Stream

January 9, 2014

This clunkily-named band has angsty roar, belted-out melodies, and some tenderness (watch for the knife beneath the pillow), slathered atop powerpop riffery and stick-twirling rock-a-rama drumming.

The Flatliners – Dead Language – Music Stream

December 12, 2013

These Canadian punk rockers sound in fine form on their fourth album, Dead Language. Fans of (the dearly departed) The Distillers will definitely recognize that band’s trademark snarl and aggression on “Drown in Blood.”

Get Dead – Bad News – Music Stream

November 25, 2013

Raspy-voiced bar room punk from San Francisco, Fat Wreck’s home base. “Welcome to Hell” combines horns, dark ska upstroke offset by punk charge, and enough blind-staggering to please Social D and Pogues fans.

Retox – YPLL – Music Stream

August 9, 2013

Justin Pearson of The Locust returns with the kinda edgy shit people call art punk. You can love or loathe the long song titles and “yeah, I’m really well-read and smart’n’shit,” cuz if it’s about the music, howzabout we focus on that, hmmm?

Alkaline Trio – My Shame Is True – Music Stream

August 2, 2013

Alkaline Trio’s eighth album, My Shame Is True, recorded at The Blasting Room by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore, is the current trio’s sound and style perfected. While it’s no secret they polished the punk into rockin’ teen anthems, and when they returned to their roots it kinda stunk of intention, but songwriting know-how and the brilliant production team in Fort Collins shine through here, coming out authentic and, well, FUN.

Masked Intruder – Music Stream

July 30, 2013

Sure, it’s a novelty, and punk pop needs another gimmick like I need Frank’s Red Hot Sauce squirted in my eye, but this one’s worth the sting.

Less Than Jake – Greetings & Salutations – Music Stream

July 29, 2013

Greetings & Salutations came out at the beginning of 2013, combining tour-only EPs Greetings from Less Than Jake (2011) and Seasons Greetings from Less Than Jake (2012), plus a pair of unreleased tracks, and a freshly sequenced track list to celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary.

The Tossers – The Emerald City – Music Stream

June 27, 2013

Seven full-lengths in 20 years, these Celtic punkers continue to deliver exactly what you want and expect, no surprises. Fun, energetic, trust-worthy, with tin whistles, fiddles, hearty sing-a-longs, and all the usual subjects, Emerald City doesn’t disappoint, nor break any new ground.

Bad Religion – True North – Music Stream

June 25, 2013

30+ years and 16 albums in, you know what to expect, and Bad Religion doesn’t disappoint. Or deviate from the style they themselves created. Immaculate production, fast-paced, quality skate punkpop, layered whoa-ohs, and scathing cultural criticism, it’s all here in spades.

Paramore – Music Stream

June 20, 2013

I’ve got a huge soft spot for Paramore’s unfailingly earnest and polished punk pop, and especially the incredible vocals of Hayley Williams. Not that it’s a pleasure to feel particularly guilty about, this is good stuff that hasn’t really changed as the band has grown in popularity, it’s just that the hate crew gets louder as time goes on.

The Bronx – IV – Music Stream

June 17, 2013

Songs like “Ribcage” are nestled amongst other paeans (or laments?) to blown paychecks, desperate times, and unrealized dreams.

Aspiga – Every Last Piece – Music Stream

January 22, 2013

Seven song debut from this New Jersey punk band. Inconsistent vocals (pop punk to emo – as in doesn’t hit the notes – to bad metal bark) but chunky bass, lively tempos, and some solid melodies and good breakdowns.

Morning Glory – Poets Were My Heroes – Music Stream

November 26, 2012

“Care of Me” is the hidden track closing out Morning Glory’s latest, Poets Were My Heroes. It’s an odd duck, even on a political punk rock album littered with horns and strings and piano and driving anthems and group shots.

Propagandhi – Failed States – Music Stream

October 26, 2012

Canadian punkers Propagandhi get more metal as time goes on, but hey, extreme conditions demand extreme responses. The lean, thrash-y “Failed States” is a boot right to the jaw.

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