Courtship Ritual: Chary EP

Chary’s 15 minutes may be a little too pop to be post-punk, a little too post-punk to be pop, but the satisfaction gained therein cuts deeper and more succinctly than many of 2017’s full-lengths.


Parlor Walls: Opposites

Parlor Walls may have missed fertile earlier periods of New York avant rock, but Opposites is powerful enough to motivate an agitated faction during a crucial moment in history.


Luke Haines: Smash the System

In a just world, disaffected children everywhere would be shouting “Do you like the Monkees?” ala the album’s title song and Alpha Industries would be using “Bomber Jacket” in an ad campaign.


Omni: Deluxe

Deluxe is a far better way to spend 30 minutes than many other 2016 releases shackled with the blanket terms of “indie” and “post-punk”.

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