Music Recommendations

Transatlantic Trawler: Volume 3

Music The Editor November 19, 2020

Transatlantic Trawler is a monthly column where Conor Mackie writes about five bands from mainland Europe that he cannot get enough of. This month includes melodic punk from France, screamo from Finland, and Austrian alt-club bangers.

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Wednesday’s Belated Album Release Show

Music admin November 10, 2020

Wednesday's debut LP came out this February and was an excellent AOTY contender. Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic has made promoting music extremely difficult, and the record had trouble with it's release. Finally now, Wednesday are ready to give their album the release show it deserves on November 13th, via live stream.

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It Holds Up: Basement – ‘Colourmeinkindness’

Music admin October 29, 2020

On October 23, 2012, one of the most highly regarded prospects of the UK pop-punk scene, Basement, released Colourmeinkindness. Despite the band's surprising hiatus, the record cemented Basement's status as a foundational band to that current wave of grungey emo. Now, over 8 years later, Colourmeinkindess still holds up.

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Your New Favorite Label: Acrobat Unstable

Music admin October 1, 2020

Acrobat Unstable Records have only been around since 2018, but their roster and impact on the DIY scene would make you think otherwise. The label has been putting out a steady stream of great albums. Short Fictions, Infant Island, and many more, the roster is deeper than you would expect from such a young label, so there is plenty to discover.

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This Playlist Hurts: The 10 Best Laura Stevenson Songs

Music admin September 15, 2020

Over more than 2 decades, Laura Stevenson has perfected landing just the right note in her songwriting, nailing a point so visceral and deeply felt that it makes you feel weak at the knees. With the approaching reissue of one of those landmark albums, now seems like the perfect time to take a look back at some of Stevenson's best tracks.

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Chasing Sundays: September 2020

Music The Editor September 15, 2020

In the latest edition of his periodic shoegaze column, Eli Enis interrogates Hum's inclusion in the shoegaze canon and then highlights releases by No Joy, Narrow Head, Luster, and many others.

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The Alt’s Bookshelf: Vol. 5

Music admin September 1, 2020

The Alt’s Bookshelf is a series where our staff highlights some of their favorite books and zines related to music. For our fifth volume, Jordan shares new reads including Cult Musicians by Robert Dimery, Total F*cking Godhead: The Biography of Chris Cornell by Corbin Reiff, and Glitter Up the Dark How Pop Music Broke the Binary by Sasha Geffen.

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With My Friends International Vol. 2

Music The Editor August 28, 2020

Keegan Bradford's monthly round-up of the best new punk, hardcore, and metal from Asia is back with a top-tier split from Taiwanese grindcore icons, environmentalist crustpunk from Tokyo, Indonesian progressive power metal, and beatdown from way out in northwest China.

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The Alts Bookshelf: Vol. 4

Music admin August 27, 2020

The Alt’s Bookshelf is a series where our staff highlights some of their favorite books and zines related to music. For our third volume, Bineet shares new reads including Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen, PUP the zine, volume 4: Quaranzine, and Convergent Lines by Jackson Watkins.

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Friendship International Vol. 8

Music The Editor August 21, 2020

Our monthly roundup of the best new Asian alternative music is is back with another one, featuring Hiperson's experimental indie opus, iamrain's post rock-inspired emo, and a goth punk concept album about the tragic life and death of a Catholic priest.

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Transatlantic Trawler: Volume 2

Music The Editor August 19, 2020

Transatlantic Trawler is a monthly column where Conor Mackie writes about five bands from mainland Europe that he cannot get enough of. This month includes noodly emo from Spain, chaotic math rock from Germany, and more.

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