Hockey Dad Doesn’t Disappoint

Hockey Dad by Sarah Hess for Best New Bands

Chicago – Have you ever found yourself falling in love with a new band, only to discover said band lives oh so far away – we’re talking on another continent – and won’t be touring near you any time soon? Yeah, it’s the pits, right? Well, that’s my experience with Australian band Hockey Dad. While

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3 New Bands We Loved at Vans Warped Tour

Warped Tour by Sarah Hess for BEST NEW BANDS

Chicago – While most of the U.S. has been experiencing a heat wave and seeking shelter in air-conditioning, emo kids and modern punks have been having the best summer of their lives, with Warped Tour being in full-effect, despite the gnarly temperatures. On a Saturday afternoon, hoards of teenagers and twenty-somethings piled into the Hollywood

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A Sweet Sunday with Alberta Cross and Friends

Alberta Cross by Sarah Hess for Best New Bands

Chicago – On a beautiful Mother’s Day, Brooklyn based Americana group Alberta Cross graced Chicago with its warm, heartfelt tunes. The six-piece, fronted by founding member Petter Ericson Stakee, must’ve brought the warm weather with them because as of late, Chicago Spring has been a real drag, filled with chilly days, too much rain, and

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Happy Monday! Allow us to help you start your week with our Mixtape #3, featuring tracks from all our Best Song nominees in the Newbie Awards, plus tracks from last week’s live review of Saskatchewan and Vensaire at Glasslands in Brooklyn, and Katrina’s favorite track from The Babies’ new album, which she reviewed. Bonus track:

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Taking in The Helio Sequence at Bowery Ballroom


Seeing The Helio Sequence live is a cathartic experience. Since they’re touring in support of what may be their most introspective and meditative album yet, Negotiations, this makes complete sense. Guitarist/vocalist Brandon Summers and Drummer/keyboardist Benjamin Weikel come off as mellow, understated folk who have a keen sense for spacious, atmospheric compositions, and who are

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CMJ 2012 Day 4: Dent May and Turbo Fruits


Friday night was the Panache Showcase at Public Assembly, with their fun and eccentric roster of bands ranging from Dent May to Violent Bullshit. I ended up only seeing enough of the latter to see front man Jayson Green getting in a heckling war with a dudebro. After realizing the futility of what was becoming

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