Thrice aren’t your typical rock band. The act from the Los Angeles suburb of Irvine combine ‘90s-esque alternative rock with post-hardcore and progressive elements to create a purely original sound. While listening, the senses will discover that they’re all over the place but they’re also cohesive. Together the quartet of vocalist and guitarist Dustin Kensrue, guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist Eddie Breckenridge and his older brother Riley on drums exhibit an multi-dimensional approach to music. This approach shines in their 11th album, Horizons / East, that came out via Epitaph Records on September 17.

Believe it or not, jazz played a…


God Is Partying cover art by Andrew W.K.

With rampant chaos and division in today’s world, perhaps we all just need to party a little more or perhaps a lot more. It could surely make people somewhat less irritable towards each other. For over 20 years, Andrew W.K. has been preaching the gospel of partying and there’s a case to be made that we need him now more than ever. With this in mind, it’s awesome that he released his sixth album, God Is Partying, via Napalm Records on September 10. …


Cover art for ‘Comfort Me’ by Amyl and the Sniffers

For anyone who is looking to see how punk rock is doing these days, they don’t have to look any further than Melbourne’s Amyl and the Sniffers. These Aussies have a raw approach that mirrors the glory days of the ’70s and Amy Taylor is a legit force on the mic. Their self-titled debut was one of the most buzzworthy albums of 2019 and a lot of people have been waiting for their follow-up with major anticipation. That record’s release is surely approaching, it’s titled Comfort To Me and it’s coming out on September 10 via both ATO Records and…


‘Mother Sauce’ cover art by Hot Mustard

If you’re going to have a cool sound, you better have a cool name to go along with it. You can’t have one without the other and the name has to give the music some hype. When it lives up to the hype, it’s a beautiful thing that the senses will always come back to. Based out of Johns Island, South Carolina, the duo of guitarist and producer Jack Powell and bassist Nick Carusos have this harmonious combination happening under the name Hot Mustard. …


They might have gotten into a bunch of different side projects over the years, including one with a Mexican aesthetic, but punk rock has always been at the heart of what The Bronx does. When the band hit the scene in Los Angeles back in 2002, they gave the style a fresh jolt of intensity in a time where the post-’90s era was in flux. Since then, vocalist Matt Caughthran and guitarist Joby J. Ford remain the original members with guitar Ken Horne, bassist Brad Magers and drummer Joey Castillo joining up at various instances. Despite the lineup changes, the…


There really isn’t a band name suited better for these times than Tropical Fuck Storm. It’s the perfect way to describe how 2020 was for all of us and now we’re dealing with the remnants of it. The Melbourne act consisting of Gareth Liddiard on guitar and vocals, bassist Fiona Kitschin, multi-instrumentalist Erica Dunn and drummer Lauren Hammel are never afraid to write music about social and political issues, but this time around it’s a bit different. This time with their third album, Deep States, that’s due out on August 20 via Joyful Noise they’re getting more introspective. …


Pono cover art by A Great Big Pile Of Leaves

It took eight years, but A Great Big Pile Of Leaves finally have a new album out. The Brooklyn indie-rock act never reached the heights of their fellow scene compadres during the late 2000s and the early 2010s, which is a shame. The trio of vocalist and guitarist Pete Weiland, drummer Tyler Soucy and bassist Tucker Yaro have a sound that’s quintessentially their own while incorporating psychedelic, alternative, pop and lo-fi elements. Flowing harmonies and substantial amplification cover this sonic blend like a ganache on a cake. …


Laura Stevenson self-titled album artwork

It’s an interesting transition going from being a keyboard player for a ska band to being an indie rock singer-songwriter, but that’s how Laura Stevenson got her start. The Long Island native was part of the music collective Bomb The Music Industry! during the mid-2000s, and then she began her solo career during the latter half of the decade. Going from that time to now, she’s released five albums and has become one of the most consistent musicians in independent music. Her self-titled sixth album is due out on August 6th, and it ups the intensity. …


There have been a few bands leading the soul revival revolution into the 2020s and one of them is Durand Jones & The Indications. Coming from the college city of Bloomington, Indiana, which is also home to one of the most underrated music scenes on the planet, this act has a cosmic blend of rhythmic funkiness and smooth harmonies. They’re so abundant with talent that drummer Aaron Frazer put out an album of his own with The Black KeysDan Auerbach this past January. Speaking of albums, these dynamos have their third one, Private Space, due out on July 30…


9th & Walnut cover art by Descendents

When it comes to the history of punk rock in California, if someone doesn’t mention the Descendents when the topic comes up then they have no idea what they’re talking about. There’s a legit case to be made that the act from Long Beach is one of the most influential bands of the past half-century. They were ahead of their time due to how they nurtured punk’s melodic side. Their eighth studio album, 9th & Walnut, that’s due out on July 23 via Epitaph Records returns the band back to their roots in both a musical and literal sense. …

Rob Duguay

Freelance Arts & Entertainment Journalist based in Providence, RI.

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