Pop Punk

New Found Glory – ‘Forever + Ever x Infinity’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Acacia Evans “All You Zombies” is a classic short work of science fiction by Robert A. Heinlein originally published in 1951 (yes, it’s also the title of a hit song from 1985 by the Hooters), and is a paradoxical story about a character who is both their own parent and their own child. On their… Read more

Boston Manor – ‘Glue’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Edd Taylor Let’s start here: Boston Manor is not from Boston, but rather Blackpool, England. That’s the first of a number of surprises surrounding the quintet’s third album Glue. Although unfortunately for just about every twist, there’s also an element of predictability, perhaps not quite canceling it out but maybe hindering the band’s potential somewhat. The opener “Everything is Ordinary” begins by… Read more

The Used – ‘Heartwork’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Brian Cox There’s a very early issue of Mad magazine where the cover was designed to look like a school composition book on the outside, the (obviously humorous) idea being that it would act as camouflaged decoy from teachers who wouldn’t then know what the students were actually reading. We may wonder if Orem,… Read more

2011 Throwback Gallery: Vans Warped Tour Edition

Less Than Jake ‘Vans Warped Tour’ 2011 Camden, New Jersey Pepper ‘Vans Warped Tour’ 2011 Camden, New Jersey  Gyms Class Heroes ‘Vans Warped Tour’ 2011 Camden, New Jersey Relient K ‘Vans Warped Tour’ 2011 Camden, New Jersey 3OH!3 ‘Vans Warped Tour’ 2011 Camden, New Jersey The Expendables ‘Vans Warped Tour’ 2011 Camden, New Jersey Asking… Read more

Hayley Williams – ‘Petals For Armor’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lindsey Byrnes Young industry veterans like Hayley Williams don’t always possess the vision or the wherewithal to make successful mid-career pivots, let alone have the actual energy to really make it all stick. Forgive yourself if you forgot Williams’ role as a central fixture of the pop-punk landscape, or that she’s played this… Read more

Stand Atlantic: Australia’s Ocean of Pop-Punk Potential

Photo Credit: Brandon Lung Even though their current single is entitled “Shh!”, it might be difficult to keep Stand Atlantic a secret from the world for much longer, as the promising young mixed gender pop-punk band from Sydney, Australia is already getting many people to stand and take notice. “A whirlwind is the only way I… Read more

All Time Low – ‘Wake Up, Sunshine’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jimmy Fontaine “I woke up on a Tuesday // Felt like a Friday night to me… // Everyday’s a holiday // We stay hot when it’s cold outside, you know // Haven’t left your place in days,” All Time Low sing on “Sleeping In”, a track from their eighth studio album Wake Up, Sunshine…. Read more

Silverstein – ‘A Beautiful Place To Drown’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Wyatt Clough Ten studio albums in and Alberta, Canada’s Silverstein have yet to achieve any notable commercial success. Their 2015 release I Am Alive in Everything I Touch did go Top 20 in their native land (and Top 40 in the US), but otherwise the world has been slow in taking notice of the band. Part of it could be a degree of name… Read more

Four Year Strong – ‘Brain Pain’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lupe Bustos On the track “Get Out of My Head” from their seventh album Brain pain, Worchester, Massachusetts band Four Year Strong sing: “You want me to burn out but I’d rather fade away.” It takes more than just a bit of chutzpah to paraphrase a lyric (“It’s better to burn out than to fade away”) with so much… Read more

Green Day – ‘Father of All Motherf*ckers’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Pamela Littky “Rock ‘n’ roll tragedy // I think the next one could be me,” longtime Green Day guitarist and frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sings on “Junkies on a High” from the band’s lucky thirteenth studio album, Father of All Motherf*ckers. By this point, Armstrong should probably have just a bit more confidence in both his… Read more