Album Review: Xiu Xiu – OH NO

By Venus Rittenberg, Contributor
[Polyvinyl; 2021]
Rating: 8/10
Key tracks: “One Hundred Years”, “A Bottle of Rum”, “OH NO”
Xiu Xiu’s 15th album is an album of duets that sees them returning to the sounds that frequent their discography prior to 2019’s experimental Girl with Basket of Fruit. A perfect example of this return to the olden days of Xiu Xiu is the title track, which sounds like something from Xiu Xiu’s fifth album, The Air Force, but with a poppier hook.

Fiddlehead releases new single, “Heart to Heart”

Fiddlehead released their newest single “Heart to Heart” on Tuesday. The track is the second single from the punk supergroup’s upcoming sophomore album, Between the Richness, which is due out May 21 via Run For Cover Records. The song follows the initial single, “Million Time,” which came out in March.

Album Review: Forever In Your Heart by Black Dresses

Black Dresses have been broken up for nearly a year, which makes any release from them surprising, but few things could be as surprising and exciting as a brand new full-length album. This surprise release sees Black Dresses going even deeper into the spheres of industrial and metal that the band have flirted with since their inception. Forever In Your Heart sees both vocalists, Devi and Rook, at their most intense and aggressive –– and their best.

Finding Comfort in a Hopeless Place, a Guide To Xiu Xiu

By Venus Rittenburg, Contributor
Editorial content warning: sexual abuse, self-harm, suicide, depression
Xiu Xiu (pronounced shoo-shoo) is my favorite band. I’m drawn to them for many reasons, but some of those are the same reasons that people find Xiu Xiu polarizing and challenging to listen to. In the wake of their recently announced 15th album, OH NO, I’m here to provide a guide to Xiu Xiu, what I find appealing about them and how to get into them, because with a discography this diverse and wondrous, there’s something for everybody.

Punk’d: Wide Awake! by Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts have flirted with various types of punk music since their inception, yet none of their albums are as explicitly punk as their last endeavor, Wide Awake! Wide Awake! features witty, political commentary over groovy art-punk tunes. The incredibly well-written lyrics — both political and otherwise — that appear on this album illustrate how much Parquet Courts have evolved from their debut.

Punk’d: glass beach – the first glass beach album

Pop-punk and emo is a combination as old as the genres themselves. What do you get when you add a splash of jazz, a touch of Auto-Tune and a pinch of synthesizers reminiscent of Mort Garson’s Mother Earth’s Plantasia? You get the first glass beach album, the aptly named debut from glass beach.

Punk’d: The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico

By Venus Rittenberg, Contributor [Verve Records; March 12, 1967]Genre: Proto-PunkHighlights: “Heroin”, “Sunday Morning”, “I’ll Be Your Mirror” Over 50 years since its release, The Velvet Underground’s debut record remains unique but was received very poorly at first, due to its dark subject matter, such as drugs and bondage, as well as the experimental nature of the…