Brian Stout

Brian's work has been featured in PopMatters and The Ryder magazine.
Cloud Nothings’ ‘Final Summer’ Is a Masterclass in Indie Rock

Cloud Nothings’ ‘Final Summer’ Is a Masterclass in Indie Rock

Cloud Nothings have delivered record after record of catchy, energetic songs without getting stale or repetitive. Final Summer continues that streak.

METZ Embrace Melody ‘Up on Gravity Hill’

METZ Embrace Melody ‘Up on Gravity Hill’

Canadian noise punks go widescreen on their latest to thrilling effect. METZ embrace melody but still bring the noise Up on Gravity Hill.

Kim Gordon’s ‘The Collective’ Is an Addictive Mix of Sounds

Kim Gordon’s ‘The Collective’ Is an Addictive Mix of Sounds

Who had Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon making a collection of trunk-rattling near hip-hop and industrial noise on their 2024 bingo card?

Hardcore’s Gouge Away Grow on ‘Deep Sage’

Hardcore’s Gouge Away Grow on ‘Deep Sage’

Gouge Away’s Deep Sage delivers heavy hooks that recall 1990s alternative greats without losing that hardcore fury that put them on the map.

Ratboys Seize ‘The Window’ of Opportunity

Ratboys Seize ‘The Window’ of Opportunity

After breaking through with a lockdown-inspired set of songs, the Ratboys’ “post-country” stylings find a new audience, opening for the Decemberists.

Mary Timony Explores Grief with Clear Eyes on ‘Untame the Tiger’

Mary Timony Explores Grief with Clear Eyes on ‘Untame the Tiger’

Rock guitar virtuoso Mary Timony’s Untame the Tiger is a clear–eyed, unsentimental, top-shelf record that emerged during hard times.

Rid of Me’s ‘Access to the Lonely’ Is More Than Hardcore

Rid of Me’s ‘Access to the Lonely’ Is More Than Hardcore

Rid of Me’s Access to the Lonely is one of the essential hardcore records of the past few months, but it cannot be contained by one genre.

Mannequin Pussy Level Up Again on ‘I Got Heaven’

Mannequin Pussy Level Up Again on ‘I Got Heaven’

Mannequin Pussy have reached another peak, delivering a complex, inquisitive album inspired by the threats from the outside world and from inside the house.

The Hotelier’s ‘Home, Like Noplace Is There’ Is Peak Emo Revival

The Hotelier’s ‘Home, Like Noplace Is There’ Is Peak Emo Revival

The Hotelier’s harrowing Home, Like Noplace Is There is a defining record of the emo revival. It can make us feel less alone in our darkest moments.

J. Robbins Opens Up on ‘Basilisk’

J. Robbins Opens Up on ‘Basilisk’

J. Robbins’ place in punk and indie rock history is secure, but he still makes relevant, powerful music as shown on Basilisk.

Sprints’ ‘Letter to Self’ Is a Powerful Reflection

Sprints’ ‘Letter to Self’ Is a Powerful Reflection

Sprints’ lyrics are sharp and direct and their musicianship provides tension and release across all 11 songs, which have a hooky rawness that is addictive.

IDLES Continue to Bring the Joyful Noise on ‘TANGK’

IDLES Continue to Bring the Joyful Noise on ‘TANGK’

IDLES are an easy band to like. They present a vision for hard rock and punk rock that’s inclusive, empathic, and open-hearted on their latest LP, TANGK.