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The Wonder Years – ‘The Hum Goes on Forever’

Photo Credit: Kelly Mason Reading Dan Campbell’s lyrics is often like reading a first-person novel. Opening his songs with lines like, “Justin and I have got the windows down // the AC is busted, it’s hotter than hell,” “It’s newly summer, and Tony Bourdain died,” “It’s already June // the light paints you pink,” and… Read more

Simple Plan – ‘Harder Than It Looks’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jordan Kelsey Knight Harder Than It Looks is veteran Canadian emo rockers Simple Plan’s first new album of all-new material in six years (it follows 2016’s Taking One for the Team, which in turn was their first new album in five years), and starts with what’s probably the shortest musical psych-out in recent memory: there’s a brief… Read more

Dashboard Confessional – ‘All the Truth That I Can Tell’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lupe Bustos “I’m living in your letters // Breathe deeply from this envelope // It smells like you and I can’t be without that scent.” Its lyrics like these that made Dashboard Confessional’s 2000 debut The Swiss Army Romance such a seminal, incisive record – one whose ability to capture the seismic pain of young heartbreak… Read more

As It Is – ‘I WENT TO HELL AND BACK’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Photo via asitisofficial.com Pop-punk’s resurgence in popularity during the pandemic is one of the more interesting musical trends to have taken place in recent years. It speaks to a few things: chiefly our collective unease and angst, as well as our nostalgia for the not-too-distant past. The genre’s resurgence has seen icons of… Read more

Creeper – ‘American Noir’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Haris Nukem Creeper was formed in Southampton, England in 2014. From the beginning, Creeper created a type of rock that could be, and is occasionally, described as horror punk. Now, for me, if you aren’t from Lodi and you don’t have a one-rep max over 250 on the bench, you aren’t a horror… Read more

2000s Throwback Gallery: Vans Warped Tour 2007

Vans Warped Tour 2007 at the Tweeter Center Camden, New Jersey Chiodos Funeral for a Friend Killswitch Engage New Found Glory Paramore The Starting Line Photography by: Steve Trager

2000s Throwback Gallery: Projekt Revolution Tour 2007

Projekt Revolution Tour 2007 at the Tweeter Center Camden, New Jersey Fort Minor H.I.M. Linkin Park My Chemical Romance Saosin Taking Back Sunday Photography by: Steve Trager

Badflower – ‘This Is How The World Ends’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jordan Wolfbauer California rockers Badflower (Josh Katz, Joey Morrow, Anthony Sonetti, Alex Espiritu) begin their sophomore album This Is How The World Ends with a surprisingly muted piece of indie-folk. On “Adolescent Love” Josh Katz mellow crooning, alongside lyrics that are as hyper-specific as they are impenetrable (“I stuffed socks into my sneakers // I… Read more

2000s Throwback Gallery: Vans Warped Tour 2005

Vans Warped Tour 2005 at the Tweeter Center Camden, New Jersey Atreyu Avenged Sevenfold Dropkick Murphys Fall Out Boy My Chemical Romance Story of the Year The Starting Line Photography by: Steve Trager

The Maine – ‘XOXO: From Love and Anxiety in Real Time’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Guadalupe Bustos Hailing from Tempe, Arizona the fivesome consisting of John O’Callaghan (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Jared Monaco (lead guitar), Garrett Nickelsen (bass guitar), Kennedy Bock (rhythm guitar) and Patrick Kirch (drums), recently released their eighth studio album titled XOXO: From Love and Anxiety in Real Time. Leaning into their pop side a… Read more