Live Reviews

Against Me!, Speedy Ortiz, and Typesetter By Will Malkus

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On August 5, 2018 I went to see Against Me! expecting to have a great night. Instead, it was one of the best of my life.

Sinking City Pop Fest and a Wake for Watercolor Paintings By Jules Weiss

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Watercolor Paintings reunion show at Sinking City Pop Fest, Chintimini Senior & Community Center, May 12, 2018 A few weeks ago, I watched a band die. It was less of a funeral and more of a celebration of life, a last hurrah. It was sitting shiva, or at least what I think sitting shiva would

Drunks With Guns at Liars Club, Chicago, Ill., 5/05/2018 By Tim Jamison

Drunks With Guns

Legendary St. Louis band Drunks With Guns played their fifth show ever, and first in thirty-three years. I had to go; I had seen all four previous shows. How could I miss the fifth? The future is really weird.

Pouzza Fest 8 By Matty Weaver

Pouzza Fest 8

A retrospective on some of the sets of Pouzza Fest 8 in Montreal, Quebec. The reviews cover acts from all three days, spanning all the shades of punk that Pouzza prides itself on showcasing.

Awesome Fest 101 By Nighthawk

Awesome Fest 101 By Nighthawk

What’s that? You haven’t been to Awesome Fest in San Diego? Well, I have—four times—so I’m kind of like the substitute teacher equivalent on the matter. A 36% attendance rate isn’t bad for living about 2,000 miles away. Anyway, I hope you’ll feel like you’ve attended one of these after reading this column. That is my goal.

Seattle Pop Punk Fest 2018 by Kayla Greet

Seattle Pop Punk Fest 2018

Sicko came out of retirement to celebrate pogoing, Converse All-Stars, and leather jackets for the first-ever Seattle Pop Punk Fest. The two day event covered three decades worth of melodic North West bubblegum bands— seventeen in total!

Fest and Pre-Fest 2017: Sixty-four Bands! by Kayla Greet

Fest and Pre-Fest 2017

It was so cool to be around people I’d never met who knew all the same words and loved music in all the same ways.

Jawbreaker live review and full set audio by Kayla Greet


They frontloaded the set with some more mellow tracks like “Jet Black,” and for the first four songs everyone had their own space to enjoy the show. For a bit I felt like I was the only one in the room and appreciated the tranquility of the crowd. You almost couldn’t hear the stage vocals over hundreds of people singing in unison to their favorite songs.

Bad Cop / Bad Cop Tour Photo Essay by Eden Kittiver

Bad Cop / Bad Cop

I have a passion for working with influential feminist bands, so there’s no better band to travel the country with than the amazing women in Bad Cop / Bad Cop.

Burger Boogaloo 2017 by Ever aka The Girl About Town, Short Film by Alxis Ratkevich