Author Archives: Cristina M.

You Blew It! – Pioneer of Nothing

Florida emo-revivalists have released “Pioneer of Nothing,” the follow up EP to their 2014 full-length, “Keep Doing What You’re Doing.” These three tracks are twinkly and sentimental (obviously). Reminiscent of the late Algernon Cadwallader and fresh enough to keep up with the powerful jangles of the likes of Rozwell Kid. RIYL: The World is a […]

Hostage Calm – Die on Stage

Quintessential CT band are back! Good ole’ upbeat, jangly, rock n’ roll! Features loud yelling and loud guitars. They’ve got that punk energy but are spitting out really catchy and melodic pop ditties. “12/31” sounds like a Christmas song. FCC CLEAN PLAY ALL! RIYL: Menzingers, Bomb the Music Industry!, Title Fight, Captain, We’re Sinking

La Dispute – Rooms of the House

Often described as “screamo,” La Dispute has a reputation to maintain, or, recreate. In actuality, the band falls more into the post-hardcore description, alongside the likes of other heavy-sounding bands like Touche Amore and Pianos Become Teeth. While the screaming may be abrasive for some, its juxtaposition with low-key speak-singing (as in #3, “Woman”) presents […]

Seahaven – Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only

  If you’re at all familiar with the post-hardcore emo niche of music, Seahaven fits right in, but with a distinct Californian-beach twist. Generally a collection of slow, sad guitar songs, this album takes a while to reach its full impact. Stick with it, there are some reverb-y, American Football-inspired tracks here that are worth […]

Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All

Philadelphia emo proteges Modern Baseball are back to appease you with a sequel to their first, critically acclaimed debut, Sports. While Sports made Modern Baseball an integral staple in the Philly emo scene, You’re Gonna Miss It All tries again to appease its dedicated throng of listeners. But in my opinion, it falls slightly short. […]

Skaters – Manhattan

Indie rock about New York City. An upbeat expression of being young and experiencing live in the Big Apple. We hear many elements of funk, reggae, and afrobeat – especially on tracks 3, 8, 9. But then we hear track 10, “Nice Hat,” a hard-hitting punk quip. There’s lots of variety on this album, and […]

The Orwells – Who Needs You EP

Virile and rambunctious – this EP reminds you a lot of what it feels like to be a reckless teenager, and apparently what The Orwell’s live show is like. These four tracks are infectious and poppy, while still having somewhat of an “edge” to them, which they definitely want you to notice. Track 1, “Who […]

together PANGEA – Badillac

Angsty, brazen, and ready to rock. This is together PANGEA’s 3rd LP, and I guess this edgy, angry thing is their niche. While the first half of the album is alarmingly fast-paced, it slows down a bit by 6, “Offer,” to showcase some sleazy/sludgy guitar riffs and oomph. (It’s a shame 5 and 8 are […]

Potty Mouth – “Hell Bent”

90s-like Grunge; 4 cool chicks make sick politically/feminist charged punk music. Angry & unapologetic, but don’t dismiss it for simply “Riot Grrl.” RIYL: Green Day, Sleater-Kinney, Skating Polly FCC: 9 PLAY: ALL, ESPECIALLY 10

Rare High – “Hot Reason”

Rockin’ dude drones on to short little punky lo-fi garage songs… Not polished at all, very gritty and distorted. I don’t know what he’s saying really. Cool falsetto yelps every now and then. FCC: N/A? RIYL: Ty Segall, Dinosaur Jr., fuzzy things PLAY: 1, 3, 5, 7, 10,

The Thermals – Desperate Ground

  The 6th album from the Thermals’ brings a return to the energy and vibrancy of their youth, as featured on their first few LPs. This is bouncy, energetic pop-punk with substance and heart. If you’re looking for something heavy, this isn’t it. And if you’re looking for some good indie pop, this isn’t it […]

Skating Polly – Lost Wonderfuls

Let me start off by saying that these Oklahoma stepsisters (ages 12 and 17) rock harder than you do. This punk duo has created a thrilling collection of songs that are as scathing as you might remember middle school to be. Heavily influenced by classic punk rock, Skating Polly infuses elements of punk and riot […]