Slipknot released their sixth album, We Are Not Your Kind, on August 9th, and with it celebrated 20 years. That is no small feat for a group that started as outcast midwestern kids shocking the mainstream with scary masks, jumpsuits, and furiously innovative music.

From their beginning, Slipknot has represented…

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Blink-182’s August 8th date was a star-studded affair. Frontman Mark Hoppus clued in the crowd early on, saying they were going to bring a bunch of friends on stage and the crowd was going to be, “…blown away.” The crowd cheered, prompting Mark’s response: “Thank you, we deserve that”.


Four years ago, Sum 41 officially welcomed lead guitarist Dave “Brownsound” Baksh back to the band. Baksh had departed amicably in 2006 to focus on his other band, Brown Brigade, which he started with his cousin. Brown Brigade had a modern-classic metal sound, with a dusting of funk (see: “Down…

Jake Ewald leaves the pop-punk punches behind in favor of a more subdued, folky record.

Jake Ewald released his first solo record as Slaughter Beach, Dog in September 2016, five months before Modern Baseball announced their indefinite hiatus. While his two earlier efforts, Welcome and Birdie were performed entirely by…

If you like pinch harmonics, you’ll love this album.

Broken in Refraction

In March of 2018, New York-based hardcore/metal band Sanction signed with Pure Noise records. A little over a year later, they have released their first full-length album on the label, Broken in Refraction.

I was helping my friends pack up their label’s tent when I heard the news: NOFX was not at the venue. This was at about 8:45 pm, a full hour after NOFX was supposed to take the stage. Jawbreaker had taken their 7:45 slot instead. I didn’t believe it at…

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