Deafheaven's performance was as tight and cathartic as I've come to expect from these guys.
The Philadelphia-based Powerviolence band Fluoride's self-titled debut album is an unrelenting exercise in raw aggression.
Hot off the heels of Donald Glover's musical moniker Childish Gambino's first Billboard #1 single "This is America", Glover seemingly squanders an opportunity while everyone's paying attention.
Nothing like catching a show of one of your favorite bands while on vacation, eh? The Damned put on an absolutely killer performance in Portland's McMenamins Crystal Ballroom.
The band are perhaps best known for their varying screamed vocal styles, dadaist lyrical content, and noisy, synth-infused, non-stop beat-your-head-against-the-wall grindcore, all while somehow managing to be at least a little catchy.
Gwen Stefani's Love. Angel. Music. Baby. was an unexpectedly influential pop record, and is one of the 2000's best.
Several members of New Found Glory have long been involved in hardcore side-projects, but kept NFG around presumably to make a living. The band's never so much as hinted at a hardcore background, but here they mix these sounds to surprising effect.
Sugar Ray hardly get respect. It's not difficult to understand why. They'll certainly never be considered cool, and nearly everything post-14:59 proved to be utterly tasteless and poorly conceived. None of this speaks to the quality of this record.
You know when bands are technical for technical's sake? Relentless Mutation is, thankfully, not that. This is absolutely top-notch Technical Death Metal - well-written, well thought-out, and features a merciful run time.... do we really need 50+ minute injections of TDM?
While Trust Fall (Side A) hinted at a return to form, Incubus' 8 is quite a disappointment, made worse by sub-par audio engineering and production provided by, inexplicably, none other than Skrillex.
uneXpect's debut EP, _wE, Invaders, shows the band at their most accessible, but don't confuse this as meaning this isn't a highly atypical and unusually creative release.
Nils Frykdahl's and Dan Rathbun's pre-Sleepytime Gorilla Museum experimental "rock"/performance art troupe is about as far out and varying as you'd expect from these guys.