Those Conservative Hardcore Kids

Hardcore listeners tend to laud bands for updating the genre's traditional formula or adding a distinct touch. But lately, that sort of praise seems…

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When Metal Isn't Metal

Given that the band came out of the Bay Area metal scene, it's not surprising Worm Ouroboros doesn't play metal. San Francisco metal bands…

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Zen Dicks and Mercenary Whispers

A common rock narrative goes like this: Isolated visionary tracks opus of odd logic and alienation on a tape machine in the bedroom, then…

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Certain Clamorous Destruction

Punk recordings unfettered by overdubs and studio trickery suggest bands chiseled into confident units by live performance. When groups vie to be heard over…

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The Pussy Riot Appeal

At a Noise Pop performance last year, DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith donned a now-culturally loaded sartorial accessory: the neon balaclava. The Russian performance art…

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These Wounds Are Real, Man

Authenticity is a strange quality to praise in a punk band. Is there a more or less genuine way for vocalists to debase themselves…

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