The So So Glos Reviewed In Several Stages of Sanity

One of the first things The So So Glos did during a show at the Metro in Chicago was to call for a mosh pit. It was a pretty ballsy move for an opening band. Most of the audience that could drink was milling about the bar, others were bobbing their heads to the punk rock […]

FOTOS: Low Fat Getting High, Ovlov, Geronimo!, Advaeta, and The Hot Flood

On Friday, April 12 in a small venue on Varet Street in Brooklyn, New York, better known as Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, Exploding in Sound hosted a showcase of loud and thumping sets from Low Fat Getting High, Ovlov, Geronimo!, Advaeta, and The Hot Flood. Past a think cloud of cigarette smoke and incense came The Hot Flood, […]

The Front Bottoms to Cruise Europa with The Menzingers

The “pop-punk” genre is sometimes overshadowed by newer, trendier forms of music today, but the genre is making huge strides in its third decade, with fresh bands vying for an audience that is still very much thriving. One band that is fairly new to the genre is New Jersey’s The Front Bottoms. They are heading […]

Getting Drunk on the Best Punk

So let’s talk about cars and girls. Wait, no, the Dictator’s already prompted us to do so. Instead let’s talk about some great punk-rock records that often get glossed over. Sure everyone loves the classics, but classics are often boring and overrated, see Bruce Springsteen’s entire career. I love London Calling, but so do frat […]

A Real Conversation About Music with TV Buddhas

Some bands go through the highs and the lows of their careers thinking more about the system and less about the music, thinking things like: How do I make it in this scene? What websites need to review my music so that I can get big? Who should I work with so that my music can […]

Pretty in Punk: The Pretty Things, more Punk than “Punk”

The term “punk rock” gets thrown around with such frequency that its meaning is now effectively vague. The term has been despoiled by idiots and charlatans over the years. But to be sure there are certain qualities associated with the platonic “punk rock,” and in retrospect many bands from the pre-punk era embody these elements, […]

A Lesson in Punk History: Dead Boys

Greetings and welcome to my opinions! I’m Josh Bala and I write what I want. From my vantage point atop “Awesome Taste Mountain,” I plan to bombard you lot with lightning bolts of musical wisdom. It is imperative, I feel, to get us on the same page as quickly as possible. With that in mind, […]