Brian Stout

Brian's work has been featured in PopMatters and The Ryder magazine.
Detroit’s Big Life Channel Punk’s Revolution Summer

Detroit’s Big Life Channel Punk’s Revolution Summer

For those who like their hardcore punk with hooks and intelligent, witty lyrics, Big Life deliver big time on two EPs. They are music lovers first and foremost.

Joyce Manor’s ‘Never Hungover Again’ Is a Timeless Snapshot of Fading Youth

Joyce Manor’s ‘Never Hungover Again’ Is a Timeless Snapshot of Fading Youth

Joyce Manor’s ‘Never Hungover Again’ still sounds urgent and endlessly replayable cranked up loud with the windows down, and it will stay that way.

Rui Gabriel Comes of Age on the Reflective Triumph ‘Compassion’

Rui Gabriel Comes of Age on the Reflective Triumph ‘Compassion’

It’s not easy to make a record that can soundtrack a barbecue and also provide balm for a dark night of the soul, but Rui Gabriel’s solo debut does just that.

Joan of Arc Are Resurrected at Last (Just Ask Tim Kinsella)

Joan of Arc Are Resurrected at Last (Just Ask Tim Kinsella)

By putting Joan of Arc’s collected works in a dynamic box set, Tim Kinsella gauges how fans and critics are reconciling with the band’s work with modern ears.

The Eerie Beauty in Horror Film ‘I Saw the TV Glow’

The Eerie Beauty in Horror Film ‘I Saw the TV Glow’

With horror film I Saw the TV Glow, Jane Schoenbrun creates an eerie, emotional journey into the intersection of identity and popular culture. 

The Ophelias Want to Devastate You

The Ophelias Want to Devastate You

The sad queer folk rock anthems of Ohio’s the Ophelias have pierced through the noise, and now, no matter how unusual the venue, they’re road-testing new tunes.

Les Savy Fav Stretch Their Sound on ‘OUI, LSF’

Les Savy Fav Stretch Their Sound on ‘OUI, LSF’

Les Savy Fav’s OUI, LSF is an energetic blast of post-punk that makes many of the newer bands in that scene sound pale in comparison.

Extra Arms Set Out to Own Summer with ‘Radar’

Extra Arms Set Out to Own Summer with ‘Radar’

Detroit’s Extra Arms make power pop look easy on their catchy, energetic new record, Radar. It’s a half-hour of no-skips, life-affirming, and no-frills rock.

Snarls Wear Their Hearts on Their Sleeves on ‘With Love’

Snarls Wear Their Hearts on Their Sleeves on ‘With Love’

There are few things more thrilling in music than hearing a band reach another level of mastery of their craft, and Snarls sound positively inspired on With Love.

Shudder to Think Look Back on 1994’s ‘Pony Express Record’

Shudder to Think Look Back on 1994’s ‘Pony Express Record’

Shudder to Think’s Pony Express Record is one of the most enduring releases of the 1990s, evergreen for the very reasons it wasn’t a massive hit upon release.

New Transmissions: An Interview with Brainiac’s John Schmersal

New Transmissions: An Interview with Brainiac’s John Schmersal

With a new book and an upcoming tour, beloved cult band Brainiac are enjoying a resurgence. Lead singer and guitarist John Schmersal discusses this and more.

Superchunk’s ‘Foolish’ Is Genre-Defining Indie Heartbreak

Superchunk’s ‘Foolish’ Is Genre-Defining Indie Heartbreak

Foolish was Superchunk committing to staying indie amid turmoil, and the scene is better for it. Their discography is filled with iconic singles defining American indie rock.