Category Punk/Ska

North East Ska Jazz Orchestra – “Petrolio” (Brixton Records)

Because ska is most assuredly not dead, Joey, we have a delightful new single from the Italian ska fusion band North East Ska Jazz Orchestra. “Petrolio” (Italian for “oil”) is a gentle rollick that will have you quietly bobbing your head along to four minutes worth of well-orchestrated, horns-heavy groovealicious ska. (The LAYERS of horn […]


The Brooklyn-based punk rockers The Men return in triumphant fashion with New York City, an album marked by its fuzzy, distorted guitar riffs that pack a serious punch. The powerful vocals and distorted guitar riffs create an electrifying atmosphere from start to finish. Though it contains the typical elements of a punk rock album, New […]

Shame – Food For Worms [Dead Oceans]

The British punk rock phenomenon is back with their third record, featuring new indie-rock sounds. Featuring wild guitar melodies and lyrics about friendship, the record has been getting praise for the maturity of Shame’s new sound. Steering away from their punk roots, Food For Worms is an art rock masterpiece sure to thrill. Label: Dead […]

POPSICKO – Ashtray Mouth/Same Old Me (Single) – Big Stir Records

From promoter: “This double A-side serves as the much-anticipated announcement that the legendary Santa Barbara pop-punk band’s only album OFF TO A BAD START (1994) will see reissue from BSR this spring, for the first time on vinyl and including an exclusive oral history book recounting the band’s story. This is just the beginning of our celebration of a […]

These New South Wales – TNSW (Damaged Records)

Release date: November 18, 2022 Label: Damaged Records Australian band These New South Wales deliver a hazy punkish post-garage-rock sound with their third full-length album. Driven by stormy, churning guitars and melancholy lyrics paired with energetic vocals, this LP is perfect for blasting with your windows down. Track picks: 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 13 […]


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 […]