Almost every single album of the decade list I’ve seen from a major music publication has been bad. They want to have their cake and eat it too; namely, ride the poptimism wave while also putting in deeper, “artsier” cuts. …


Despite loving depressing genres like emo, black metal and post-punk, I rarely cry listening to music. Maybe it’s overexposure to the same sad themes and sounds, or reservation of my feelings for conversations with myself or others. However, there are a few songs that will open the floodgates without fail…


If there’s one word I would use to describe the last five years of the internet, it would be “postmodern.”

For one thing, some of the biggest memes of the last few years have been unholy regurgitations of memes deemed dead or cringy in the not-so-distant past. In particular, Minecraft


It’s no secret that I’m a snob when it comes to pop punk. For years, I’ve fruitlessly explained to its many detractors that no, I don’t listen to All Time Low, I listen to real bands like The Ergs. The recent critical adoration for acts like Jeff Rosenstock and Joyce…


Between 2001 and 2004, the metalcore band Converge went through some pretty noticeable changes. For one, they lost guitarist Aaron Dalbec, who left to focus on his other band, Bane. They also signed to punk powerhouse Epitaph, a huge change for a band who had lurked in the underground for…


In my last piece, I discussed The Aquabats Vs. The Floating Eye of Death, a misunderstood classic that should have paved the way for a new generation of ska. I praised the record for its adventurous forays into things like post-punk and art punk, but paid special attention to its…


1997 was the peak of ska in the mainstream. Reel Big Fish and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones both released Billboard-topping albums with the biggest hits of their careers. The theme song to Good Burger came from Less Than Jake. And although it was yet to be immortalized by Tony Hawk’s…


The difficult thing about being a hardcore Scooby-Doo fan is that the majority of Scooby-related media is bad. Ever since the cheaply-made Scooby-Doo Where Are You? became a surprise hit for Hanna-Barbera in 1969, the franchise has almost always been focused on sheer quantity. …


What’s even left to wring out of pop punk? Specifically, the “Ramonescore” flavor associated with early 90s Lookout Records. You would think that a genre built on being intentionally derivative would be gasping for air three decades removed from its peak. That said, there’s always at least one release in…


Bandcamp has been such an indispensable tool for underground music consumption in the internet era. Of course, things like SoundCloud, YouTube and even Grooveshark (RIP) all predated the service. However, there is something quite bold and definite about the “Bandcamp aesthetic.” The ease of use, social integration, and the “pay…

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