9

Nowhere Generation

Rise Against

You’ll want to listen to it again and again, even though (or maybe because) it’ll make you angry.

9

Liquid Crystal

Zombi

Liquid Crystal is a five-song EP clocking in at just over half an hour but it feels longer in the best possible way.

8

Bloody Bride

BRIDEAR

BRIDEAR — especially on their new album Bloody Bride  — is a lot of fun.

9

The Battle at Garden’s Gate

Greta Van Fleet

There were moments listening to this album that I was sure I was hearing the future, and there were moments where I was just as sure that the mid-70s lineup of Canadian prog gods Rush had somehow travelled forward in time and possessed the bodies of younger men to make some of these songs.

9

Dream Weapon

Genghis Tron

Great news: This is still Genghis Tron. It’s a slightly different flavor, sure. But this is still a band that smashes genres, pushes boundaries, and makes some excellent music while doing so. 

9

I Only Want to Live Once

John the Ghost

I Only Want to Live Once is the result of a passionate and talented musician let loose to do whatever he wants…and, of course, it all works. 

7

Every Second

Little Hurt

This EP shows raw honest vulnerability and an intimate insight into Dieden’s inner workings, while making us wish we were dancing in a crowded concert venue with our fists in the air.

8

This is Our Life

Des Rocs

Des Rocs’ new EP This is Our Life is the blackest of leather coats at the Rock and Roll High School.

8

Death of an Optimist

grandson

If you bite the hand, get louder and defiant A couple of years ago when reviewing grandson’s first EP, a modern tragedy vol. 1, I referred to the multi-talented musician as being an artist to help you survive today’s uneasy world. With the release of his debut album, Death of an Optimist, I’m even more […]

8

Whatever, Man

BLACKSTARKIDS

After my first full listen of Whatever, Man—from Kansas City’s BLACKSTARKIDS—I was left asking myself, “Wait… did I like this?”