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Sheer Mag Writes Songs About Love in a Time of Hate
Debut full-length "Need to Feel Your Love" offers the year’s best soundtrack for city kids locking lips—but the freedom found in loving and fucking is always temporary.
September 27, 2017
Strange Ranger’s New Album Is Indie Rock That’ll Warm Portland’s Coldest Days
For listeners of a certain age, the band's delicate plaints will trigger sublime nostalgia trips.
October 17, 2017
My Dad Took Me to See Green Day, Now I’m Bringing Green Day to My Daughter
Since “Basket Case” was one of the only songs I could sing from memory, I would sing it to my daughter over and over and over until she finally fell asleep.
August 1, 2017
Guantanamo Baywatch’s Third Album of Demented Surf-Rock Is a Wipeout-Free Affair
While reverent surf rave-ups eat up most of "Desert Center," Guantanamo Baywatch isn’t about to let anyone forget it can write a perfect pop song.
August 16, 2017
Turtlenecked's Second Album Is a Roller Coaster of Eclectic Pop Brilliance
"Vulture" puts the world on notice: Singer-songwriter Harrison Smith can, at any moment, decide to be the best at whatever he chooses to pursue.
June 13, 2017
RVIVR Is the Northwest Punk Scene’s Best-Kept Secret, but Maybe Not for Much Longer
The Olympia, Wash., quartet’s remarkably consistent output constitutes an ongoing celebration of life.
August 15, 2017
Gaytheist’s New Album is a Necessary Exercise in Hardcore Levity
"Let’s Jam Again Soon" is the trio’s finest album to date, a breathless 30 minutes of rock revelry.
June 26, 2017
John K. Samson Wants You to Meet the Addicts and Punks of His Hometown
On his new solo album, Winnipeg’s unofficial poet laureate bridges the fictional and the scarily real.
January 18, 2017
Mope Grooves' Poppy Post-Punk Pushes Back Against the Stigma of Mental Illness
"Joy," the band's new album, is a portrait of painfully alert despair and the sublime brightness at its border.
March 21, 2017
Old Grape God's Cosmic Hip-Hop Aims for the Space Between Your Soul and Your Skull
It can and will send you on a trip into the part of yourself that lives between the eternal and finite.
March 15, 2017