Category Punk/Ska


Burlington-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jessica Amelia’s new 11-track album is delightfully quirky and still punk af*. It’s heartfelt, somewhat atonal DIY with unusual toy instruments and, if I’m not mistaken, actual wood-working tools, along with Amelia’s own unmistakeable voice. The songs all largely deal with issues of queerness, harassment and spaces — some safe, […]

Liily – TV or Not TV [Flush]

Cool, freewheeling, semi-punk like group. Not the intense CBGB’s stuff but maybe a bit New Wave-y. RIYL: Parquet Courts, Liars. FCC: Clean


Get ready to get off your quarantine couch and bob your head to the ska beat with this new single from The Slackers. The lyrics evoke nostalgia while sending a pertinent message to a world that desperately needs it. Play, play, play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Hepcat, Stubborn All-Stars, The Aggrolites

Child Bite- Blow Off The Omens

Child Bite– Blow Off The Omens Release date: 2019Nov22 Label: Housecore Rating: 4/5 Long awaited fifth release from Child Bite and the first that I’ve listened to (I’m pathetic). Mock Ecstasy roars out the gate with fast, dirty guitar. Vexed Life catches my attention with a touch of dry desert licks. They All Look Away […]

BLEACHED – You Don’t Think You’ve Had Enough // Dead Oceans

Bleached is an LA based trio with sisters Jennifer (lead vocals, guitar, synth) and Jessica Calvin (lead guitar, bass) and Nick Pilot (drums percussion). Jennifer and Jessica were formerly members of Miko Miko. It is a punk rock album with great hooks and every song sounds different. Label: Dead Oceans Start w:/ 4,5 RIYL: Fierce […]

Super Hi-Fi (Very Special Recordings) Blue and White

Interesting mix of sounds here. Definitely a Ska theme throughout, mixed with some pretty wild experimental and rock stuff.  Try: 3,7, 8,9,10,11 RIYL: Surf Rock, Ska, Experimental, FCC:Clean  *TB Favs

Grimskunk – Unreason in the Age of Madness [Indica]

Politically-charged punk music from Montreal-based band. Reminiscent of classic Canadian punk acts such as Nomeansno at times. Sound occasionally gets heavier on some tracks, but for the most part this is straightforward punk rock. Play: 1,2,6 FCC: 3,4,8 RIYL: Nomeansno, Jello Biafra, Turbonegro

Terminal Mind – Recordings.

Terminal Mind’s Recordings is classic punk rock in all sense of the word. This Austin Texas 1st wave punk band brings punk and rock and roll right off the bat that’ll keep you jamming out to heavy guitar solos and fast drum beats. The 12 songs found on this album not only will keep your […]

Sorority Noise – “You’re Not As _____ As You Think”

“You’re Not As _____ As You Think” is punk powerhouse,  Sorority Noise’s third full length album. A slower melodic album with strong guitar lead builds and climaxes.  Each song is very emotional with lyrics touching on themes of the friends dying, anxiety, depression, and suicide.   Sorority Noise did a great job continuing and refining […]

Sleater-Kinney- Live In Paris

This all female riot grrl, punk/rock band returns with everything you ever loved about Sleater-Kinney now fresh and live! A compilation of some of their most well known tracks, this album shows these ladies still got it. Shredding vocals, shredding guitars, And pounding drum beats. A must listen for fans, and the unfamiliar alike. Reccommended […]

Direct Hit- Wasted Mind

Direct Hit– Wasted Mind Release date: 2016Jun24 Label: Fat Wreck Chords Rating: 3.5/5 Direct Hit hail from Milwaukee. Promo material claims that this album is a concise version of Green Day‘s American Idiot. Ok, if you say so. “Artificial Confidence” starts off with a standard pop punk vibe. Favorites include “Paid in Brains“, “Was It […]

Useless ID- State Is Burning

Useless ID– State Is Burning Release date: 2016Jul01 Label: Fat Wreck Chords Rating: 4/5 Newest release from Useless ID. Sounds like stripped, old school punk to my jaded ears. Favorites include “Land of Idiocracy“, “Stopwatch“, “Creation“, “State is Burning” and “We Don’t Want the Airwaves” (lots of name-dropping, a Ramones tribute). It’s fast, it’s loud […]

Pears- Green Star

Pears– Green Star Fat Wreck Chords Release date: 2016Apr01 Rating: 0/5 Pears hail from New Orleans, LA with their take on hardcore punk. The lyrics are unintelligible and songs short and fast. “Christmas ’91” starts off soft, breaking into a loud frenzy of white noise. that’s “Hinged By Spine”. I honestly tried listening to the […]

Mean Jeans- Tight New Dimension

Mean Jeans– Tight New Dimension Fat Wreck Chords Release date: 2016Apr22 Rating: 2.5/5 Mean Jeans hail form the Pacific Northwest with their brand of party punk. Promo material tries to build them up to the league of the Ramones but I’m not so sure. “Long Dumb Road” has a scratchy, catchy lo-fi feel. “Croozin’” is […]


“Happy Damage” Jacuzzi Boy’s newest and fourth album is filled with dreamy, head bobbing daisy punk accompanied by the echoing vocals of teen angst. The lo-fi aesthetic of all six tracks are super catchy, with high energy and repetitive guitar riffs that will make you involuntarily want to join a mosh pit. Notable Tracks- 1, […]

Western Standard Time – A Big Band Tribute to the Skatalites Vol II (self-released)

Said to be (Vol II of) the first old-school big band ska project, undertaken with more than 20 world class ska & big band jazz musicians. Really tight & dynamic horn section, true ska percussion, & brilliant arrangements!

NOFX and Friends- Home Street Home

NOFX and Friends– Home Street Home Release date: 2015Feb10 Label: Fat Wreck Chords Rating: 3/5 Somehow, I missed out on this release, the soundtrack to a shit musical featuring NOFX and a who’s who of punk rock, past and present. Tracks that stand out are  “Monsters”, “Urban Campers”, “Fecal Alcohol Syndrome”, “Let’s Get Hurt”, “Safe […]

Anti-Flag – American Spring

Anti-Flag – American Spring Release date: 2015May26 Label: Spinefarm Rating: 3/5 I honestly can’t believe that Anti-Flag are still around because I’ve been listening to them on and off since their Die For The Goverment days. “Fabled World” starts on a familiar tone, street-smart and catchy.  “Sky Is Falling”, “Walk Away” and “Set Yourself on […]

Black Rabbit- Red Flannel Hash

Black Rabbit– Red Flannel Hash Release date: 2015Jun23 Label: Self Rating: 5/5 Burlington-based Black Rabbit leave an impression their eclectric blend of punk, grunge and garage rock.”Nicky Says” shut up and listen, with catchy hooks set to thundering bass. “Too Good” and “Blue Sky” buzz through the eyes, the latter doubling down on the catchy. […]

Good Riddance – Peace In Our Time

Label: Fat Wreck Chords Reunited punk rockers return with first album since 2006. The songs are very high energy and have very political themed lyrics that cover a variety of topics. Most of the songs are under 2 minutes long. Some songs very catchy and melodic (“Grace and Virtue” and “Washed Away”) others are more […]

Abacus – En Theory

Abacus– En Theory Release date: 2015Mar03 Label: 10 Foot Woody Rating: 3.5/5 Abacus hail from Columbia, SC with a blend of hardcore noise. “Culling Strength” starts off soft, plodding straight into a wall of filthy drums. “Intentions” hits the eardrums with a hail of bullets. “Bodies of Water” sidesteps the guitar/bass attack with d-beat madness. […]

Shehehe- Rock & Roll Queen

Shehehe– Rock & Roll Queen Release date: 2015Mar20 Label: Fall Break Records Rating: 4.5/5 Rock & Roll Queen is the latest release from Athens, GA party punks Shehehe. The title track opens with rolling drums and catchy vox mated with surf riffs. I dont’ know about you but “Live My Life” makes me want to […]

Strung Out – Transmission.Alpha.Delta

Label: Fat Wreck Chords So. Cal punk rock veterans Strung Out return with their first album in 5 years. These guys happen to be one of my favorite punk bands. Their last few albums have combined the fast-paced skate punk of their previous work with technically proficient metal influences. This album continues with that style […]

Victims of Circumstance- No More Heroes

Victims of Circumstance– No More Heroes Release date: 2014Nov03 Label: Financial Records FCC: 2,4,10 Try: 1, 5,8,11,12 Rating: 4/5 Ska is dead. Or is ska dead? Victims of Circumstance have been skankin’ for ages and lo and behold, their latest dropped into my lap. “Twenty-One” is an unabashed pop punk anthem with only a touch […]

Swingin’ Utters- Fistful of Hollow

Swingin’ Utters- Fistful of Hollow Release date: 2014Nov11 Label: Fat Wreck Chords FCC: 3,10,11,12 Try: 3, 4, 6,10, 11,14 Rating: 3.5/5 I’m quite pleased to see that there’s a new release from the Swingin’ Utters. I feel incredibly out of touch as I have not spun their wares in ages. “Alice” opens up with the […]