American Anymen – “Selectively Stupid”

Brett Sullivan, the founder of the long-running, NYC-based American Anymen, has a lot on his mind and he vehemently shouts it out on new single “Selectively Stupid”.  Including the word “stupid” in a song title is pretty much a giveaway that the artist is going to be railing against something or someone and in the case of Sullivan, he aims his … [Read more...]

The Virginmarys – Divides

Expectations for Divides were high following the successes of The Virginmarys' 2013 debut King Of Conflict. The album enjoyed coverage from several large media publications including the likes of Rolling Stone. Right from the opening track here, “Push the Pedal”, it is clear that any doubts or concerns that may have been lingering are severely … [Read more...]

MakeWar – self-titled

By reveling in sentimentality and shamelessly flirting with regret, MakeWar's breakup-inspired self-titled LP briefly finds the sound of resilience. The find is more than a happy accident  - MakeWar commits to making this moment. Second track - "Just Listen To The Songs" - petitions, "Listen to the songs when you get some time / The songs will … [Read more...]

Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter

This might be your last chance to hear Alanna Mcardle sing for Joanna Gruesome. Just weeks after the release of Peanut Butter, it has been announced that she is leaving the band, citing mental health reasons. This is sad and I wish her the best of luck in her recovery. The news lends Peanut Butter a bittersweet tone. Joanna Gruesome’s sophomore … [Read more...]

Heavy Pet – Spoil the Fun

In a tiny living room with hot pink walls, Heavy Pet worked their DIY magic, while what seemed like at least fifty queer punks looked on. The audience was crammed into the space, overflowing into the kitchen, hallway, and up the stairs, while the house dog ran around underfoot. Members of the band swapped instruments between songs—everyone except … [Read more...]

Bearfoot Beware – World Owes You Nowt

The first time I listened to Bearfoot Beware’s debut album World Owes You Nowt, I got a sinking feeling. Not because I didn’t like it — on the contrary, I felt discouraged because I knew that this was the kind of album that demands multiple listens to be fully appreciated. It’s the kind of complex, multi-layered album that you want to get to know … [Read more...]

Gazer – Fake Bulbs EP

Don't let the rough finish on this EP deceive you. Fake Bulbs is a finely constructed piece of noisy rock n' roll. Gazer, a prickly, nimble rock band out of Cincinnati, Ohio, sounds like a more aggressive version of Devo crossed with a developing Young Widows or The Jesus Lizard. With flashes of punk and a hefty dose of art noise, many of these … [Read more...]

Slutever – Almost Famous

The question I mull over while listening to Slutever’s latest release, Almost Famous, is this: how is it possible for music to be so snotty, and yet so gorgeous? I always have this reaction to Slutever. They’re bratty and raw. There’s plenty of crunchy, fuzzy guitar. Yet at the same time, the reverb-soaked feedback that hangs over every track … [Read more...]

Quaaludes – s/t

Quaaludes are an all-girl punk act whose spiritual roots reach back past Bikini Kill all the way to The X-Ray Spex. Loud, melodic, and prone to infectious hissy-fits, they won my heart the very first time I saw them play live. It was at 924 Gilman, with about twelve other people, none of whom were as enthused as I about their set. I was almost in … [Read more...]

New Album from New Jersey-based punk band Ransom Price in April

Unable Records has set April 7, 2015 as the release date for My Kidnap Money, the new full-length album from New Jersey-based punk band Ransom Price.  The 10-song album will be offered in both CD and digital formats, and will be marketed worldwide by Unable Records. Pre-sales of the CD have already begun through,  and a deluxe … [Read more...]