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Difficult Fun: April 2021’s Best Punk

Welcome to the first edition of Difficult Fun! Each month, SPIN will spotlight the best punk on the planet and discuss it here, with the…
Maria Sherman / April 27, 2021

Fucked Up’s Expansive, Operatic Dose Your Dreams Cements Their Legacy

In their modern era, the mark of a dynamic Fucked Up record could be its ability to evoke confusion: What is going on? But mostly, how…
Maria Sherman / October 9, 2018

Iceage’s Beyondless Bridges Their Past With a New Future

During their American live debut in 2011, the Copenhagen now post- but then simply punk band Iceage played a series of proper club gigs in…
Maria Sherman / May 7, 2018

Nashville’s Bully Will Not Lose

At some point, the meaning of D.I.Y. in independent music became muddled. Rather than signifying a do-it-yourself approach, it's often used to label careers that…
Maria Sherman / October 24, 2017

Review: Zola Jesus Flirts With Death on the Haunting, Hopeful Okovi

Zola Jesus, the musical moniker of Nika Roza Danilova, once had huge mainstream aspirations for her accessibly gothic art. Her hope for a big hit…
Maria Sherman / September 8, 2017

Pissed Jeans: Men Against Boys

Matt Korvette has only been to Big Gay Ice Cream in South Philadelphia once before. It’s 8 p.m. the evening after Valentine’s Day and the…
Maria Sherman / March 9, 2017

Review: Green Day Try to Kill Pop-Punk on Revolution Radio

On December 31, 2015, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sent out a rare tweet. He wrote, "my mission for 2016? to destroy…
Maria Sherman / October 10, 2016

Review: Respect Good Charlotte’s ‘Youth Authority’

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: July 15, 2016Label: MDDNPop-punk has always been considered a genre where progress has a ceiling. In the mid-'00s, the…
Maria Sherman / July 12, 2016

Review: PUP Proclaim ‘The Dream Is Over’ But Proudly Welcome the Nightmare

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: May 27, 2016Label: Side One DummyStefan Babcock wants his band dead and it sounds like they might deserve it.
Maria Sherman / May 23, 2016

Berserktown II: Punk’s Last Stand

Two years ago, the punk world bid farewell to one of the best things it was ever gifted. Chaos in Tejas was an annual summer…
Maria Sherman / August 19, 2015

Review: Fall Out Boy Overreach on ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: January 20, 2015Label: Island/DCD2Ten years ago, Fall Out Boy released From Under the Cork Tree, their first foray into…
Maria Sherman / January 22, 2015

We Tested 5 Seconds of Summer’s Pop-Punk Chops

If there is one consistency in pop-punk, it's the "get me out of this fucking town" teen escapism that floats through every lovelorn power chord.
Maria Sherman / October 17, 2014