All we have now is music right? In a year where it felt like the world was falling apart, there was so much to take hope in (even songs that were written and recorded long before things started going to shit). A number of artists created work that both reflected the current moment inadvertently (Punisher, RTJ4) and very intentionally (Taylor Swift, Charli XCX). These are my top albums of the year:Continue reading
It’s been a longtime since there’s been a pure, feelgood rock record that’s really offered to dominate the summer. That’s not to say that there haven’t been great rock records released in the summer, but none are quite as catchy or uplifting as Telethon’s Hard Pop. The Midwestern band is equal parts Green Day, Jeff Rosenstock, and Van Halen-ambitious, experimental, and shredding.
With a huge output of great records and songs this year, there were a ton of contenders for this year’s best albums. So many of pop’s biggest names either took a gap year to tour last year’s records (Taylor Swift, Lorde), take time to build hype (Carly Rae Jespsen, Adele), or indulge in passion-projects (Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar), this year has been an open opportunity for a number of smaller acts and newcomers to make a big splash, and there’s been a ton. Continue reading
Don’t Stop Now is available on bandcamp for $7. All proceeds go to the American Civil Liberties Union. The comp features all covers from the likes of The Menzingers, Laura Stevenson, members of Restorations, Jeff Rosenstock, Caytena, members of Slingshot Dakota, and many more. Check it out, and donate!
The Menzingers have released a new black and white video for the song “Lookers” from the upcoming After the Party. After the Party will be released on February 3rd. The Menzingers will also be touring next Spring with Jeff Rosenstock and Rozwell Kid.
There was a lot of good music that came out in 2016, and it’s terrible. Of course, no one is complaining about the excellent tunes, but the greater amount of good music, the harder it is to keep up with. There’s so much music that you couldn’t possibly give everything a thorough listen; therefore, here are some of the albums that won’t make my best-of list and may be on my honorable mentions list, but I still plan on giving a much more complete listen to in the end of 2016 and in 2017.
The Menzingers have released a music video for the great single “Bad Catholics” from their upcoming After the Party. The band will be touring behind the album with Jeff Rosenstock and Roswell Kid. The dates are listed below, and After the Party will be out February 3rd. Continue reading