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From Friday 20 March 2015

LIVE: Hostage Calm / Into It. Over It @ Schubas Tavern, Chicago

Pop punk scene darlings Hostage Calm announced this fall that they would be disbanding, much to the dismay of many. Since their formation in 2007, HC have taken their fans on a journey that has been one part sonic and one part intellectual, stretching the limits of what

Wednesday 18 February 2015

LIVE: The Wonder Years – Union Chapel, Philadelphia

About three years ago exactly, I discovered a band called The Wonder Years by way of their third album, ‘Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing.’ I was floored. It was unlike any album I had ever heard and I couldn’t put it down. And I

Tuesday 03 February 2015

Secret Lives – ‘Fortune Tellers’

Strap yourself in tight to your bucket seat in your goddamn Dodge Challenger or whatever the fuck you’re driving, because you’re going to riff city. A wiser man than myself once coined the term “a kick of rock ‘n’ roll to the nuts,” and this album appears to

Friday 30 January 2015

LIVE: PUP/Ne-Hi/Team Spirit/Meat Wave @ Schubas, Chicago

Toronto’s PUP dropped their self-titled debut album in the U.S. last spring and met with a whole shit ton of enthusiasm, lining many people’s end-of-year lists. I’ve had a really good time listening to the album, and I think PUP has a cool thing going on. So, when

Tuesday 27 January 2015

INTERVIEW: Little Elephant [January 2015]

Left to Right: Brian Gross-Bias, Rob Courtney, and Mark Metzger It’s 2015 now, and a lot of people are saying a lot of things about the way the landscape of punk music looks. It’s easy to make value judgments about what social media and streaming services have done to

Monday 19 January 2015

LIVE: Lost Years, Still Alive, La Armada, A Wilhelm Scream @ Subterranean, Chicago

When I heard that one of my favorite local bands (Lost Years) was opening for one of my favorite national bands (A Wilhelm Scream)–around New Year’s, no less–I was severely stoked. So, I saved some New Year’s cheer, put it in my back pocket, and patiently waited to