All posts by Sam Miller

Sam recently graduated from Emerson College with a BS in Communication Studies and a minor in literature. When they aren't crying about music on the internet, Sam spends most of their time at home with their cat or out in the world hanging posters for local concerts.

Jeff Rosenstock Announces New Album

Less than two years after the release of his last solo album, We Cool?, Jeff Rosenstock has announced that he will be putting out another record through Side One Dummy. Worry comes out on October 14th, and will be celebrated with a release show at the Hi Hat in Los Angeles, with support provided by Rosenstock’s partner in Antarctigo Vespucci and Side One Dummy lablelmate Chris Farren. You can preorder the album through Side One Dummy here. In addition to announcing the new album, Rosenstock released a video for “Wave Goodnight to Me” which you can watch right now!

Album Review: Chris Farren – Can’t Die

Chris Farren is a staple in the emo pop scene, known for his work with Fake Problems and Antarctigo Vespucci, so it seems a little strange talking about his debut album. Still, Farren’s first solo record Can’t Die, released on September 2nd through Side One Dummy Records, feels fresh and unique, quickly distinguishing itself from his other projects.

Consisting of fun synth riffs and a sound that’s more pop than emo, one could easily mistake this for a happy album without listening to the lyrics; Can’t Die may be one of the most danceable records ever made about feeling like shit. Throughout the album, Farren sings about his experiences with anxiety and depression, and the ways that these mental illnesses can take a toll on interpersonal relationships. Continue reading Album Review: Chris Farren – Can’t Die

Live Review: AJJ at Rock City Studios in Camarillo, CA

On August 23, AJJ (formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad) played in Camarillo, California as part of “The Bible 2’r”, a string of shows in the Southwest celebrating the release of their new album, The Bible 2. They brought with them ROAR and John Congleton and the Nighty Nite, two supports quite fitting for the occasion. The venue, Rock City Studios, which is located in a strip mall two doors down from a Baptist church, was intimate and filled with plenty of fake fog and purple lights, creating an eerie vibe that complimented the music being played.

ROAR, a band from AJJ’s hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, took the stage first, although if you’d missed the poster at the door you may not have realized it, as they never actually introduced themselves. They kept chatter at a minimum through their set, though stopping to thank AJJ and John Congleton for a great tour and mentioning that they had merch to sell in the back of the venue. The band’s sound is a pleasant mixture of oldies and emo pop, pairing bright guitar sounds and easy riffs with deeper lyrics. They weren’t the most entertaining to watch, but definitely great to listen to. Continue reading Live Review: AJJ at Rock City Studios in Camarillo, CA

Album Review: AJJ – The Bible 2

Phoenix, Arizona’s AJJ have recently found themselves as one of the biggest names in folk punk (even if that name has gotten a whole lot shorter since they started out in the scene). Their music has been noted for its unique arrangements and clever lyrics that express both humor and anxiety in such a way that the listener finds themselves simultaneously uncomfortable and excited. AJJ’s latest release, The Bible 2, incorporates all the witty lyricisms and commentary listeners have come to expect from AJJ with a grandiose sound and exciting arrangements worthy of a band that helped put folk punk on the map.

The Bible 2 opens with “Cody’s Theme”, diving right into the strange reality of a troubled childhood. Singer Sean Bonnette half sings-half shouts about parent teacher conferences, taking anger out on trees and other objects, and being a “total dick” as a child. The song is loud and exciting, filled with distorted guitar riffs and a chorus that manages to convince you to dance to a song about a really troubled kid while still wondering if he turned out ok. Continue reading Album Review: AJJ – The Bible 2

TV Review: Orange is the New Black, Season Four

This post contains serious spoilers for the fourth season of Orange is the New Black. It may be triggering for those sensitive to mentions of rape and police violence.

The fourth season of Netflix’s beloved series, Orange is the New Black, was released for streaming on Friday, June 17. The third season has been widely criticized for feeling like a “filler” season, filled with silly plotlines and low-stakes problems. Season four has managed to take many of the small problems of season three and up the ante, creating a season that was, if anything, a little too high-stakes for comfort. Continue reading TV Review: Orange is the New Black, Season Four