Fence offers listeners a rich slacker punk in latest split EP (with Aqui)

The music of New Jersey’s Fence is the sonic equivalent to a perfectly cooked medium-rare steak: it is seasoned enough to have an intense flavor to it and raw enough to feel tender. The soft plucking of guitar strings that open up their track “Quidditch” (streaming, from their 2018 split EP with Aqui) doesn’t prepare you for the punk beat-driven feast of screaming solos and vocals that dominate the song. Still, the surprises are welcome, and the feeling of comradery in the harmonies and well-arranged instrumentation underscore the passion that seeps through the band's music. Fence has been covering the music of Neutral Milk Hotel as of late, and their take on it in their new EP is worth a listen for fans of the psych-folk group. Check out "Quidditch" below. - Rene Cobar


rationale. “You Are Flawed, But You’ll Be Fine”

Pop Punk group rationale. released a new album called You Are Flawed, But You’ll Be Fine last week. This is the first new music from the band since their 2015 debut album Confines.

The album is available via Bad Timing Records on two different colors of vinyl.

rationale. is the work of Dan Lambton, Joe Taylor & Ryan Rumchaks.


New Mack Enemy Album Available for Streaming & Download

A new, self-titled release from Mack Enemy is here to pulverize your eardrums. Combative backend thrusts the songs forward as raw vocals lay down the gauntlet. Uncompromising quick-hitters are unleashed with cathartic, reckless abandon. Supported by TVO, Alien Birth, and The P’ids, you can find Mack Enemy’s tour kickoff on Saturday, May 25 (under the bridge).


Zesty punk rockers Top nachos are ready to play Bushwick Public House 06.01

Forget your easy-listening diet; your ears gotta get a load of TOP nachos! The Queens, NY band’s 2018 record Dank Side of the Moon is stuffed with eruptive garage-rock tracks that never let up. The entire LP shows off the duo’s ability to create a zesty sonic experience: relentless drum beats, crunchy guitar riffs, and catchy choruses leave a feel-good aftertaste track after track. Yes, the choruses of songs like “Punk Vacation” (streaming) may seem overly simple at first but boy do they stick with you. The band’s upbeat approach to the hefty fuzz-rock that groups like Truckfighters have championed is what makes them a standout. If you are hungry for a good time, TOP nachos will showcase their delicious sonic dish June 1st at the Bushwick Public House. - Rene Cobar


New The Cavemen Split Release Available for Streaming & Download

The Cavemen & TVO recently shared a tour split tape. For their part, The Cavemen create a rumbling, fuzz-around-the-edges aesthetic. There’s a bright yet crunchy tone that gets the head nodding in approval. You just might want to crack open a beer, and leave behind the workday sooner than you planned.