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19 Oct 2016 // 2:30 AM

Big Star: Complete Third

The premiere cult band's strangest record is reissued with every recording from its legendary sessions, presenting a story of its creator's descent into madness.

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Punk on Paper: One Page Per Item, 550 Artifacts

Oh So Pretty's value lies among those images that challenge a quickly stultifying norm.

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Californium: Another Story of Adolescent Angst—With Guitars

Californium is a Frankenstein’s monster of coming-of-age stories, its many moving parts borrowed and reassembled from stock, clichéd characters and plot devices.

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Beach Slang: A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings

These teenage feelings boldly claim their space and assert their relevance, as vital now as ever.

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NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories by NOFX with Jeff Alulis

Offensive and obscene in all the best ways, The Hepatitis Bathtub is a wild and crazy ride through punk, addiction, kinky sex and noise.

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Soundwalk Collective, Jesse Paris Smith and Patti Smith Pay Tribute to Nico’s Haunting Poetry

The works of the German art rock singer, who died in 1988, are reinterpreted through this ambient-sounding collaboration with Patti Smith.

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7 Sep 2016 // 1:55 PM

Against Me! - “Crash” (Singles Going Steady)

Against Me! has fun with power pop, stepping back a few decades with Kiss-style face paint and low-budget sci-fi references.

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At Last, a Sober and Punk Rendering of Bruce Springsteen’s Life and Work

Boss is a solid book because the firm, understated power of Gillian Gaar’s gutter feminist voice cuts through all that glitters around Springsteen.

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Punk’s Not Dead: Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain and ‘Please Kill Me’

Please Kill Me was important not just because it made visible the genealogy of an underground music scene, but because it showed how brilliantly an oral history could capture culture.

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Vandoliers - “Wildflower” (audio) (premiere)

"Wildflower" is a dark song with a touch of brightness and hope, a tone kept consistent by the way it occasionally soars far above its gloomy guitar spine.

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17 Aug 2016 // 2:15 AM

Alice Bag: Alice Bag

With the release of her first solo album, chicana punk pioneer Alice Bag proves herself to not only still possess the fiery spirit of the first wave of LA punk, but also a vital voice of reason tackling social issues others would prefer to ignore.

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Descendents: Hypercaffium Spazzinate

The Descendents today sound a lot like the Descendents you've always known, but this album is hardly a self-conscious clinging to past success. Instead, it's the sound of four guys with a deep bond, making music on their own terms.

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‘Global Punk’: The Longevity of Punk Encourages

No previous survey of punk has likely examined a Celtic band from Indonesia, or swept across the Basque Country, Poland, and Edinburgh as well as Long Island, Chicago, or Austin.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘90s - Part 1 (100 - 81)

The first part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, starting with 100 through 81. Stay tuned for part two on July 11th.

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The Melvins: Basses Loaded

With nutty titles, booming guitars, and an ex-Nirvana member playing the accordion, Basses Loaded is just business as usual for the Melvins, who continue to deliver.

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Street Roving in ‘Downtown 81’ and ‘Wild Style’

These two films speak earnestly to the nature of creativity and the sense of urgency one often experiences in producing a work of art – especially when faced with little to no means during the creative process.

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Silver Dollar Games: Playfully Punk

Silver Dollar Games and punks in general are the big brother that keeps poking you in the ribs because -- not despite -- the fact that you keep telling him to “quit it”.

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17 May 2016 // 2:05 AM

Tacocat: Lost Time

Seattle-based Tacocat return with their third album, Lost Time, a fun and memorable record full of great hooks and bright production that speaks to the experience of the uncertainty and listless of emerging adulthood.

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Al Scorch: Circle Round the Signs

Chicago-based and smarter than most, Al Scorch gives us a record that feels genuine, touching and wise.

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Death Grips: Bottomless Pit

While Bottomless Pit is slightly more subdued than Death Grips' earlier work, it's just as fantastic.

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