EP Review: Organised Scum – One Less Bastard

Though One Less Bastard, the new EP out November 8 from London alternative pop-rock band Organised Scum, features sophisticated, political lyrical content, its lyrics are (both “intentionally and unintentionally,” according to the band) largely unintelligible behind a mask of distorted vocals, grungy guitars and heady drum rhythms. One Less Bastard tackles the social and political … More EP Review: Organised Scum – One Less Bastard

Album Review: Zach Frost – Bucket List

Multi-instrumentalist and Columbus musician Zach Frost released his sophomore EP, titled Bucket List, on Friday, November 1. Packed with five moving indie-rock tracks, the EP moves swiftly from heavy, thrilling guitar chords to introspective piano melodies, all while maintaining the same sense of thoughtfulness. Frost’s musical history is evident on the EP – he has plenty … More Album Review: Zach Frost – Bucket List

Single: Mean Siders – Friends For Lunch

New York glitter-punks Mean Siders released a rocking middle finger toward beauty standards in the form of a single titled “Friends For Lunch” on Friday, October 25. “Friends For Lunch” is a pounding, thrilling, bold track with more attitude than seems possible packed into four minutes of indie punk music as frontwoman Katie Ortiz sneers and … More Single: Mean Siders – Friends For Lunch

Album Review: Stolen Jars – A Reminder

Brooklyn four-piece Stolen Jars has evolved from a New Jersey high-school bedroom project to an important piece of the Brooklyn DIY music scene; that growth is apparent in the band’s third full-length record, A Reminder, out Friday, October 11. Each track is carefully constructed so as to provide a detailed narrative of love and loss, and … More Album Review: Stolen Jars – A Reminder

Single: Hallan – Men

Portsmouth, England, post-punk quartet Hallan will debut another punky, raw single with the release of “Men” on Saturday, October 5. The song, a nearly five-minute rhythmic exploration of masculinity and gender roles, features layered electric guitar-picking melodies and dry, alternative vocals. “Men” is edgy and neatly contrasts post-punk tropes – dry vocals with a mild … More Single: Hallan – Men

EP Review: Commonweather – Sugar Sun EP

Coming almost a year after Chicago alt-rock band Commonweather‘s last release, the Sugar Sun EP is a bit of a poppy departure from the band’s previous music. Out Friday, September 13, the three tracks that comprise Sugar Sun are brighter, lighter and almost sunny compared to the heavier, grungier music that came before. Despite its lighter vibe, … More EP Review: Commonweather – Sugar Sun EP

Single: Sour Widows – Pilot Light

Bay Area bedroom-rockers Sour Widows formed in 2018, but the band has already enjoyed plenty of praise from an EP, several demos and, more recently, two singles. “Pilot Light,” the most recent of those singles, was released Friday, September 13, and features classic indie-rock guitar tones, tingling vocal harmonies and a driving drum beat. “Pilot … More Single: Sour Widows – Pilot Light

Album Review: Miss June – Bad Luck Party

New Zealand quartet Miss June rips their way through the eleven alternative rock tracks that compose their debut record, Bad Luck Party, out Friday, September 6 on Frenchkiss Records. It’s a red-hot album with ragged guitar riffs, unapologetically bold vocals, and startling frenetic energy, and its irresistible punk music is downright electrifying. Miss June is no … More Album Review: Miss June – Bad Luck Party

Single: Pioneers – I Don’t Think I’ve Changed

UK indie rockers Pioneers lament the struggles of growing up on “I Don’t Think I’ve Changed,” a roaring indie-rock track with impossibly catchy melodies and cool guitar hooks. The single, out Friday, August 30, fits neatly with the rest of Pioneers’ musical history and carries the same edgy, irresistible pop-rock sound as bands like Cage The Elephant. … More Single: Pioneers – I Don’t Think I’ve Changed