Album Review: Broken Equipment — Bodega

By Venus Rittenberg, Editorial Director
[What’s Your Rupture?; 2022]
Rating: 8/10
Key tracks: Thrown, Doers, How Can I Help Ya
Broken Equipment sees Bodega improving upon their already noteworthy work from Endless Scroll, an album that emerged amidst a flourishing third wave of post-punk that was sweeping America and Europe with bands like Parquet Courts, IDLES, and many more. There were many incredible bands in this scene, and I went through a huge phase of obsessing over it during Summer 2020 – this is when I discovered Bodega. They were not my favorite band in the scene, but they were doing something unique with their lyrics. There was specificity to them that made them stand out. They were also loaded with references to other music that I was a fan of which also made them noteworthy. Ultimately, they were very catchy, groovy post punk, and at the time, that was what I craved.

Album Review: Reeling — The Mysterines

By Jonah Cashel, Contributor
[Fiction Records; 2022]
Rating: 8/10
Key tracks:   “Life’s a Bitch (But I Like it so Much)”, “Hung Up”, “Under Your Skin”, “All These Things”
Liverpool rock group The Mysterines released their debut Album, Reeling this March. The record exploded immediately, reaching top 10 on the UK charts before the end of the month and garnering millions of listeners in weeks. The album captures exactly what rock music today should sound like, perfectly blending a slew of great influences while equally focusing on the unique meta-frustrations of today.

Interpol releases new single and announces new album

On April 7th, post-punk revival band Interpol released “Toni”. It is the band’s first single since their last album, Marauder. The band also announced that their seventh studio album, The Other Side Of Make-Believe, is set to be released on July 15th. 

Album Review: Cities Aviv – MAN PLAYS THE HORN

By: Ethan Hofer, Staff Writer [D.O.T; 2022] Rating: 9/10 Key Tracks: “BLACK PLEASURE”, “SMOKING ON A BRIGHTER DAY”, “THE FINAL SPARK” MAN PLAYS THE HORN is the seventh project released by Memphis-based experimental rapper Cities Aviv. In a city full of boastful trap rappers, Cities Aviv turns away from the Memphis rap scene and focuses…

Album Review: Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

By Adrian Woods, contributor [4AD, 2022] Review: 9/10 Key tracks: “Change” “Certainty” “ Wake Me up to Drive” Big Thief, one of the most underrated indie rock bands of the modern day, have released their fifth studio album, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You. Clocking in at 80 minutes long, it may be…

Album Review: Yeat – 2 Alivë

Ethan Hofer, Staff Writer [Geffen Records; 2022] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Poppin”, “Rackz got me”, “Rollin” It is Yeat’s world and everyone else is just living in it. From various lines referring to Osama Bin Laden to coining unusual slang such as “twizzy”, “tonka”, and using umlauts in his song titles, Yeat tends to make…

Album Review: Rex Orange County – WHO CARES?

By: Grace Koennecke, Columns Editor RCA Records; 2022 Rating: 5/10 Key tracks: “WORTH IT,” “AMAZING,” “IF YOU WANT IT,” “THE SHADE” The pandemic was a period of self-discovery and realization for Alex O’Connor, better known as Rex Orange County, the seemingly happy-go-lucky alternative singer. In an interview with Apple Music, the singer admitted that going…

Before You Die: Hospice

By Emma Rickett, Staff Writer
In The Antlers’ third studio album, Hospice, the songs take the listener through a relationship between a hospice worker and a patient with bone cancer, metaphorical for an abusive relationship. The album opens with “Prologue,” a somber instrumental to place us in the mood for the story to follow. While the song itself has no lyrics, liner notes can be found within the physical album sleeve describing the woman and relationship the album follows. The notes open with “Before diving into this, I think some background would be useful” and we are taken into the past with “phantom limbs” and hospital visits.