Elder Abuse, a hardcore pop-punk band that’s full of 90s grunge nostalgia, has a sound that’s as catchy as it is edgy. Burnt, the band’s latest album, reminds me of all of my pop-punk favorites from the late 90s and early 2000s – Alkaline Trio, The Wonder Years. Essentially, it’s that classic grungy pop-punk sound that … More Album Review: Elder Abuse – Burnt
Editor’s Note: I have just read about the assault allegations against PWR BTTM. I am disappointed and surprised, but this is important and it’s important that we don’t let it get overlooked like sexual assault does so many other times in the pop-punk world. Obviously, I don’t condone or support this. I stand with survivors, … More Album Review: PWR BTTM – Pageant
Whether it’s LCD Soundsystem or Franz Ferdinand, I love a good dance-punk album. When I got an email about Columbus-based Conversion Delay, an indie rock/dance-punk band, I stopped what I was doing – granted, Calculus homework is not the most fascinating thing, but still – to listen. I was definitely not disappointed with their latest … More EP Review: Conversion Delay – Out Of Sight
Having toured with the likes of Against The Current and Set It Off, Brighton pop-punk band As It Is is no stranger to the scene. The group was signed to Fearless Records in 2014 after the release of their last EP, This Mind Of Mine, and As It Is released their second full-length album, okay., earlier … More Album Review: As It Is – okay.
Since The Regrettes are coming to town on Saturday for CD102.5 Day Side B, and they’re a killer feminist pop-punk band, I decided that this album is an excellent way to close out Women’s History Month. They’re cool, they’re powerful, and they’re just the right amount of in-your-face, meet The Regrettes with Feel Your Feelings Fool!. … More Album Review: The Regrettes – Feel Your Feelings Fool!
At this year’s Romophos concert, raising money for OSU’s Star House, I got to see three very different local bands play at the Newport: First Responder, Flashback Humor, and Captain Kidd. Of course, I already knew the openers, but I’d never heard Flashback Humor’s music before. Seeing them play live, the energy was tangible as … More Album Review: Flashback Humor – Things Are Most Beautiful Just As They’re About To End
Exuding a sort of quiet confidence, Marie Corbo and Noah Demland – AKA Corbezzolo – create an unexpectedly fierce rock duo. In fact, other musicians in the scene look up to Corbezzolo for their confidence and ease on the stage, empowering themselves and others. Of course, as I learned this through my project’s interviews, I also realized that I’d have to write about their latest album, Midnight, because countless musicians recommended it to me. … More Album Review: Corbezzolo – Midnight
After seeing Inner Reflection win third place at Groove U’s Battle of the Bands last year, I kinda lost track of what they were doing. Several of the bands in that competition are now broken up, but as I learned this week, this powerful punk band is still going strong. … More EP Review: Inner Reflection – Take Two
In case you somehow don’t know yet, I’m a big fan of the fuzzy stuff. Take First Responder as an example – although that’s much lighter than Sick Sad World. Fear and Lies kills, though. It’s fuzzy, but it’s heavy and grounded enough that it doesn’t get pulled away into the clouds like some fuzz pop. … More Album Review: Sick Sad World – Fear and Lies
There’s nothing that helps an excruciatingly terrible day like some classic pop-punk, and Heroes Like Villains provides the perfect distraction with Amends. This Columbus group, heavily engaged in the local scene, is actually opening for Four Year Strong in a sold-out show when they come through town – and they’re ecstatic about it. If you’re not going to that show, be sure to check out where else they’re playing soon, and until then, check out Amends! … More EP Review: Heroes Like Villains – Amends