Have Mercy - The Earth Pushed Back: A little too on the nose.

Give - Sonic Bloom: The more I listen, the more they become my favorite modern hardcore band.

Gates - Bloom & Breathe: With so much great emo/rock around, pretty easy to skip.

Fucked Up - Year of the Snake: As much as I like their LPs, the EPs always stay with me longer.

Free - Ex Tenebris: It is no Have Heart, but not really trying to be.

Foxing - The Alabatross: Too dense to pass judgement.

FM359 - Truth, Love and Liberty: Early Dropkick Murphys' slower songs are the foundation.

Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up: Still early, but liking it better than their last.

Fifteen - The Choice of a New Generation: A perfectly fine pop-punk album.

Elder - Reflections on a Floating World: Drags on a bit too long.

Edgewise - Angels and Addicts: Glad they are back.

The Drums - Abysmal Thoughts: Abysmal is mildly hyperbolic.

Allison Crutchfield - Tourist In This Town: Worthy of additional visits.

clipping. - Wriggle: Their best release yet.

Citizen Youth: For fans of Hotelier and Title Fight.


Crimsphrine - Duct Tape Soup: Poor recording quality likely impacts its enjoyability.

Charly Bliss - Guppy: Great power-pop with chirpy female vocals.

Big Boi - Boomiverse: The hip-hop universe appears to be passing him by.

Dan Auerbach - Waiting On A Song: Fantastic album that feels like an instant classic.

Arcade Fire - Everything Now: Not as dire as others may have indicated.

Anti-Heros - American Pie: Solid four chord punk from the mid-90s.

Animals As Leaders - Animals As Leaders: Too quick to get into a groove without not enough space.

Alt-J - Relaxer: Very unexpected.