post-punk revival

The Libertines’ ‘All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade’ Is a Welcome Return

The Libertines’ ‘All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade’ Is a Welcome Return

The Libertines’ All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade is something of mixed bag, but it’s worth persisting with for its moments of beauty and always fun energy.

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.

Omni Wield Post-Punk Precision on ‘Souvenir’

Omni Wield Post-Punk Precision on ‘Souvenir’

Souvenir finds Omni continuing to carve out a distinct identity (with an exacto knife) and shining among the glut of post-punk revivalist bands.

‘The Gospel of the Hold Steady’ Captures Their Unhinged Magic

‘The Gospel of the Hold Steady’ Captures Their Unhinged Magic

Michael Hann’s oral history The Gospel of the Hold Steady traces the band’s image, music, and challenges in a brilliant chronicle of the promise of rock ‘n’ roll.

Robocop Kraus ‘Smile’ and Tap Into 1983 on First LP in 15 Years

Robocop Kraus ‘Smile’ and Tap Into 1983 on First LP in 15 Years

On Smile, Robocop Kraus still sound like their mandate is to take the cheap disposable postpunk of the early 1980s and make better versions of it.

10 Deep Tracks from Interpol’s Early Discography

10 Deep Tracks from Interpol’s Early Discography

With Interpol’s new LP out this week, revisit these early Interpol tracks you may have missed or skipped over in favor of those oh-so-relevant singles.

Interpol Make Artistic Baby Steps on ‘The Other Side of Make-Believe’

Interpol Make Artistic Baby Steps on ‘The Other Side of Make-Believe’

Interpol’s The Other Side of Make-Believe has its share of moments that sound good while they’re playing but just can’t make a lasting impression after they stop.

Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Hits to the Head’ Highlight’s Catchy Tunes and Artistic Shortcomings

Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Hits to the Head’ Highlight’s Catchy Tunes and Artistic Shortcomings

Franz Ferdinand’s potential is repeatedly hinted at rather than fully realized on Hits to the Head. But it’s better to show potential than to have none at all.

Crossing Boundaries: An Interview with Liars’ Angus Andrew

Crossing Boundaries: An Interview with Liars’ Angus Andrew

Liars’ founding member Angus Andrew talks with PopMatters about revisiting the band’s past work and creating a new sci-fi album, The Apple Drop.

In the Tempest’s Eye: An Interview with Surfer Blood

In the Tempest’s Eye: An Interview with Surfer Blood

Surfer Blood's 2010 debut put them on the map, but their critical sizzle soon faded. After a 2017 comeback of sorts, the group's new record finds them expanding their sonic by revisiting their hometown with a surprising degree of reverence.

The Strokes Phone It In (Again) on ‘The New Abnormal’

The Strokes Phone It In (Again) on ‘The New Abnormal’

The Strokes' The New Abnormal is an unabashedly uninspired promotional item for their upcoming world tour.

Bombay Bicycle Club Return with a Wake-Up Call

Bombay Bicycle Club Return with a Wake-Up Call

British indie pop-rockers, Bombay Bicycle Club chronicle the struggle to maintain hope in dark times on Everything Else Has Gone Wrong, their first album since 2014.