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Unorganized Thoughts While I Listen to Prince on Spotify

Thinking about Prince.

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Dead Band of the Week: Sisters

Sisters!

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A Better Class of Criminal: Talkin’ About Rap-Rock

I probably liked Papa Roach more than I should have.

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“Mary” by Seller: 20-Year Power Pop

Bring me back to the alt-FM radio days of the 90s.

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On “Wane,” Kinda Alright Finds Hooks Everywhere

Twinkle rock for the actual celestial bodies.

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Onward, To the Past: 12 Sentences on Four Tool Albums

Now I, too, know the pieces fit.

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No Heat, No Beer, No Dad

Cold punk music for cold months.

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An Argument with Myself About Indie Pop Prom

Do the things you like / don't do the things you like.

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Worst to First: Hold Steady Albums

2,000 kids still feel pretty sweet tonight.

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Snail Mail – Habit

Bad camp movies - "Linger" - Middle-school kissing - Baltimore music for hormones

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Horrible Tattoo Ideas I Have Had

The tattoo you don't have is more important than the one you do.

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Fatter Older’s Favorite Albums of the Year, 15-1

Of the 43 albums that were released this year, these are the 15 that I felt like writing about.

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Fatter Older’s Favorite Albums of the Year, 30-16

Most music is fine. These 15 are better than fine. Good, even.

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Best Concerts, 2016

Dispatches from shows you did not attend and that I only sparsely remember.

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2016’s Biggest Misses

All the shit I should have listened to this year but didn't.

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Re-Ranking 2015’s Best Albums

Looking back on last year's mistakes before making this year's mistakes.

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Day One

Don't forget this.

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Songs on Pinkerton, Ranked

The father of all our styles gets its due.

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Tiny Rainbows and the Paths Not Taken

Philly youths make emotional screaming sound new again.

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Terror

Don't be afraid.

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Outside Exercises, Ranked in Order of Dickisness

Getting ticks the healthy way!

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AJJ’s Compassionate Devil Music

You should probably listen to the Devil's music.

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Beach Slang Covering Japandroids is My Whole Aesthetic Collapsing in on Itself

I don't know if I'm being trolled or what. There is no greater "I am an aging youth rocker" clarion call than this right here. https://soundcloud.com/polyvinyl-records/beach-slang-younger-us-japandroids-1

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The Five Best Pieces of Information from The A.V. Club’s Bear vs Shark Interview

"BLEEEEEEHHH!" - Most Bear vs Shark songs.

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R.I.P: The Holy Mess

Would-be champions lay it down.

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Names the Strip Club Near My House Has Had at One Time or Another, Ranked

Keep it up, grimy Fishtown.

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How to Get Hit By a Car

If you ride your bike enough, it will eventually happen to you.

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Lucky 33 Arrives Late, Right on Time

Four years of live shows informs the catchy realism of Lucky 33's first proper EP.

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Watch this Video for “D.I.Y.” by the Barren Marys and Decide Which Member is the Cutest

At least until they get paid.

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Love Songs: Doing Chores to Afford Second-Hand Alt-Rock Tapes

John Adams of Sexy Teenagers on his alt-rock past and the draconian prices of second-hand tapes.

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Rejected Wedding Ceremony Songs

Every day, 140,033,230 people get married in New York State alone!

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Five Songs in the Tone Zone

In honor of Father's Day, I put together a brief playlist of songs that remind me of my dad. I didn't get into the memories and motivations behind every one of them. Some things are just for family.  Mexican Radio... Continue Reading →

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Car Seat Headrest + Twin Pines, Underground Arts, May 22

Good haircuts on stage last night.

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Silicon Valley Power Rankings, Se. 3 Ep. 4

Currently set firmly at PUSH-POP.

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Random Thoughts About Chance 3

1) I’ve been thinking about why Surf comes off as cheesy to me and why Coloring Book doesn’t. Surf can sound like the most lavishly-produced episode of School House Rock at times, almost like it was a record made specifically for... Continue Reading →

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Ought + Priests + Marge, PhilaMoCa, May 9

This is what it looks like at the post-punk show.

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The Endless Potential of Shaggy-Ass Ultimate Golf

The second coming of J. Fox.

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Jon Kohen’s “Curse the Darkness” Lets Strings Do the Talking

Here's where the strings come in.

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Hopeless Otis Will Beat Up Your Fears

NYC hardpunk for the perpetually awake.

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Songs from the Shoebox

Be a big boy. Listen to the Snails.

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The At The Drive-In Reunion and the World Beneath Your Feet

You ever seen this video? This is, as near as I can tell using my eyes and unreliable memories of being 22 and my friend Stu passing this lore down, a video of At the Drive In, sometime before the... Continue Reading →

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The St. Pierre Snake Invasion: Rock in the Age of Splinters

Loud music for all comers.

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The Retinas are Here and Nowhere Else

Sunny rock with a soup disposition.

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There is an “I” in Tiem

Finally, some emo that isn't twinkling or screaming at me.

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Sledding With Tigers Wring Real Emotion from a Movie Staring Lola Bunny

A folk-punk band has created real art from Space Jam.

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Pinegrove’s Indie Rock Buffet

Pinegrove sounds like everything, still sounds like themselves.

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Told Slant’s Lonesome Crowded West

Still water and a nice house and a baby blue sedan / Told Slant is doing the best that it can.

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Jank Turn Emo on its Ear with “Awkward Pop Songs”

The war between the beer people and the weed people is over, and Jank has won.

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Christian Fitness: Angry Pop & You

Rock music for people who like hooks, but also like to feel like they're being crushed.

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Get Kinda Alright in 2016

Thick-ass riffs and thick-ass drums from two thin-ass dudes.

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