Album Review: Show Me the Body – Trouble The Water

By: Liam Syrvalin, Contributor [Loma Vista Recordings, 2022] Rating: 9/10 Key Tracks: “Loose Talk”, “Radiator”, “WW4“ Within every genre of music, there are bands that serve to push the boundaries of the style of music they subscribe to. Show Me the Body is one of these bands, continually challenging traditional ideas of what hardcore music…

Album Review: Jeff Rosenstock & Laura Stevenson – Younger Still EP

By Roman Salomone, Contributor [Polyvinyl Records; 2022] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “Razor Love”, “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” Being the unstoppable and prolific machine that he is, Jeff Rosenstock has teamed up with longtime collaborator Laura Stevenson (both formerly in Bomb the Music Industry!) to bless the world with another release at the tail end…

Album Review: Yung Gravy – Marvelous

By Nicholas Kobe, Contributor [Republic; 2022] Rating: 4/10 Key Tracks: “Betty (Get Money)”, “Isn’t it Marvelous?”, “C’est La Vie” Yung Gravy… What is there even to say? Mama’s boy extraordinaire has blown up in 2022 due to the success of his single “Betty (Get Money)” on TikTok and his charismatic and wild internet presence. It…

Album Review: The Backseat Lovers – Waiting to Spill

By: Grace Koennecke, Columns Editor Capitol Records; 2022 Rating: 5/10 Key tracks: “Close Your Eyes”, “Growing/Dying”, “Snowbank Blues”, “Follow the Sound” The Backseat Lovers rose to fame with their debut album, When We Were Friends, back in 2019 after its lead single, “Kilby Girl”, won over fans of the indie-rock genre. Since then, the band,…

Album Review: Inclination – Unaltered Perspective

By Liam Syrvalin, Contributor [Pure Noise Records, 2022] Rating: 9/10 Key Tracks: (all of them but) “Thoughts and Prayers”, “A Decision, Commitment to Self“ Whenever I talk about music with other people, I always tell them to give hardcore albums a chance. Louisville straight-edge hardcore band Inclination’s new album Unaltered Perspective is a perfect example…

Album Review: Carly Rae Jepsen – The Loneliest Time

By Nicholas Kobe, Contributor [Interscope; 2022] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Talking To Yourself”, “Western Wind”, “The Loneliest Time” Carly Rae Jepsen is the ultimate unsung hero of pop music. You know “Call Me Maybe” from 2011, an innocent flirty pop song that broke Carly into the mainstream. Despite scoring a few more hits, Carly started…

Album Review: Alvvays – Blue Rev

By Adrian Woods, Contributor [Polyvinyl / Transgressive; 2022] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “Easy On Your Own?”, “Many Mirrors”, “Lottery Noises” Indie rock outfit Alvvays is back with their third studio album Blue Rev, and the band’s first studio album release since 2017’s Antisocialities. With the bands last record coming out five years ago, Alvvays has…

Album Review: Surf Curse – Magic Hour

By Devon Risner [Atlantic Records; 2022] Rating: 5/10 Key Tracks: “Sugar”, “Unwell”, “TVI” After the recent rise in popularity of their hit single “Freaks” in 2015 and the success of subsequent single “Disco” in 2019, Surf Curse released something completely different from their early albums. Unfortunately, they fell into the path of the “alt-rock” radio…

Album Review: billy woods – Church

By Adrian Woods, Contributor [Backwoodz Studios; 2022] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “Artichoke”, “Fuchsia & Green”, and “Pollo Rico” After dropping Aethiopes earlier in the year, billy woods is back with his second album of 2022, a collaborative album with Messiah Musik and his first collaborative album since 2020’s “Brass” with Moor Mother, Church. It sounds…

Album Review: The Vacant Lots – Closure

By: Cody Englander, Contributor [Fuzz Club; 2022] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Thank You”, “Burning Bridges”, “Obsession” “Closure” is the first project I’ve heard from The Vacant Lots, and it certainly won’t be the last. This is the most recent album from Jared Artaud and Brian MacFayden, with the alternative and electronic sound they are known…

Album Review: (self-titled) – Marcus Mumford

By: Phoebe Giordano, Contributor [Capitol Records; 2022] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “Cannibal”, “Better Off High”, “Stonecatcher (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)”, “How (feat. Brandi Carlile)” Most well-known for his role as founding member and lead vocalist of London folk-rock band Mumford & Sons, Marcus Mumford officially kicked off his solo debut with the new album (self-titled), four…

Album Review: Tough Baby – Crack Cloud

By Rocco Prioletti, Contributor [Crack Cloud; 2022] Rating: 4/10 Key Tracks: “Costly Engineered Illusion”, “Please Yourself”, “Tough Baby” The opening track of Tough Baby, “Danny’s Message” acts as the band’s cathartic preface for lead singer Zach Choy’s late father, Danny Choy, who tragically passed away at only twenty-nine. Through television static and a sparking lighter,…