Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968 captures a full acoustic set from a considerably timid Neil Young, shortly after leaving Buffalo Springfield to take on a solo career. While Young always carried an air of wisdom and experience within his songwriting, even from such a young age, there are moments here where his innocence is able to peek out through the familiar creaks in his singing voice.

Meet Joe. Joe is from the small farming community of Walkerton, ON and plays in a metal band called Odium. They’re good. They take some driving Swedish metal influence, shake it in with some punishing breakdowns reminiscent of early Killswitch Engage material, and employ a vocalist that outputs equal parts Phil Labonte, Maynard, and Randy Blythe…

Garage punk with a hardcore groove? I think that’s the best I’m going to do at shallowly pinning down the overall sound of this record – or any other full-length from The Bronx thus far, for that matter. The Bronx has always done well by combining the swagger of good punk rock with some of the gutsier vocals and bridges from straight-up hardcore and driving guitar riffs from decades-old rock ‘n roll. This record is no exception. Matty Caughthran’s got one of the biggest voices in punk rock, as both his fans and peers will certainly attest. He puts it to good use throughout this record, maintaining the all-too-important balance between melodic and mean.

When your band carries members with musical alma maters like Choke and The Fullblast, people are undoubtedly going to hold you to a higher standard of output, be it a blessing or a curse. Passenger Action’s self-titled full-length finds Choke’s Shoawn Moncreiff and Clay Shea connecting with Ryan Podlubny (ex-Fullblast) and…

The last few months have undoubtedly been a whirlwind for The Gaslight Anthem. The Jersey-based barroom punk band has gone from sweating out opening slots on small punk rock bills to playing headlining dates across North America and Europe, with a few national TV performances along the way. The band’s latest release, The ’59 Sound, dropped last year on SideOneDummy Records and a week hasn’t passed since its release that it hasn’t been the soundtrack to a car ride, round of dishwashing, or some online work. Check out my review of the album HERE if you want some additional gushing. Otherwise, enjoy my interview with guitarist Alex Rosamilia. Cheers!