La Dispute – “Stay Happy There”

Midwest post-hardcore act La Dispute is back with another installment of their uniquely poetic brand of melodic, passionate punk rock. The track “Stay Happy There” comes from the band’s next full-length, Rooms of the House, which is looking at a spring release this year.

While I don’t this track shows the same level of ambition as cuts that dropped prior to the band’s last album, Wildlife, I wouldn’t be surprised if this song felt bigger in the thick of Rooms–especially since each of the band’s records tend to revolve around a set of themes.

Check out a review for Wildlife below:

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The Men – “Pearly Gates”

If you can expect anything from New York’s The Men, it’s that you’ll never know what to expect from them.

The band’s discography thus far has been quite the trip, showing no limits in their ability to imitate the sounds of noise rock, post-hardcore, pop rock, and even country. In fact, their foray into that last genre made for my least favorite Men album thus far. That influence rings true in this new track of theirs as well, “Pearly Gates”; however, I think this fiery backwoods rock number is paying off big-time. It’s like what would have happened if the punk movement had somehow preceded Southern, horn-backed bar rock. There’s loads of guitar slingin’, piano bangin’, and horn squealin’ to be had here. Pay close attention, and try not to miss a single second of the action!

Get some more info on the band’s next album via Sacred Bones. Also catch a review for one of the band’s previous albums below:


Stream this new album from Calvaiire courtesy of the Throatruiner Records Bandcamp. If you’re unfamiliar with the label, well, they pretty much deliver what you’d assume from the name.

These guys are a French rock outfit that combines elements of metal and hardcore together into a heavy, frantic, and punishing sonic experience. Loads of feedback, harsh vocals, and some pretty sinister guitar leads play throughout much of this thing. There’s the occasional black metal-inspired chord progression, and there are some pummeling blast beats on this collection of tracks as well. I also like that the band is delivering tracks at a bunch of different lengths, but nothing feels long-winded or too half-baked. Enjoy!

Manners – Pale Blue Light

Hartford hardcore quintet Manners has a new LP out titled Pale Blue Light. Here, the Connecticut band delivers a remarkably tight post-hardcore project–churning out some expectedly dour punk leads, as well the occasional somber, clean guitar passage; and often not taking a second between tracks to catch its breath. Check it out above!

Circuit Des Yeux – Overdue (Side A)

Be sure to check out this latest album from Chicago-based singer-songwriter Haley Fohr (a.k.a. Circuit Des Yeux). Overdue is her most expansive effort to date, with Fohr bringing in quite a few additional musicians to bring some structure and finesse to her swirling, psychedelic and abrasive, punky brand of folk-rock. But just because the LP opens with a string quartet doesn’t mean that Fohr is at all toning things done. These eight tracks have just as much force behind them as any of her past solo work–they’ve just been given a greater scope.

The first half of Overdue is available to stream above. Happy listening!

Housewives. – “Medicine Bottle”

Stream the latest track from neo-no wavers Housewives. via the embed above. The track is titled “Medicine Bottle,” and features squawking guitars, a finicky sax, relentless drums, and some deadpan vocals. Enjoy!

Weekend Nachos – Still

Chicago’s Weekend Nachos has never been a favorite of mine when it comes to the heavier side of modern music. I guess I’ve always felt their sound wasn’t that bold; however, it would be a shame not to share their new full-length of theirs, Still. After all, I was just violently bobbing my head to it’s heavy-as-all-hell grooves just yesterday. If you’re looking for a shot of aggression for aggression’s sake, fit into this thing. Enjoy!

The Frights – Self-Titled

San Diego surf-punk trio The Frights put out their self-titled debut LP this past Halloween, a fitting release date given that the band describes itself as the “house band for a 1950’s underwater Halloween party.” With its delightfully messy, reverb-drenched recording and “dirty” take on doo wop, The Frights is simply a rip-roaring good time through and through. Have a listen above and enjoy!

Soupcans – Parasite Brain EP

Scuzzy garage punkers Soupcans have a new EP out that you can stream via the embed above, and it’s gotta be one of the most manic, filthy, and wild collections of songs I’ve heard in this style in a while. The band holds nothing back with brittle guitars, primal drums, and vocals that border on psychotic. Enjoy!