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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’

Pop-punk has always been considered a genre where progress has a ceiling. In the mid-'00s, the golden age of the largely teenage phenomenon, bands could…
Maria Sherman / July 12, 2016

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

Stefan Babcock wants his band dead and it sounds like they might deserve it. The frontman kicks off the first song from PUP’s sophomore LP…
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’

Ten years ago, Fall Out Boy released From Under the Cork Tree, their first foray into the mainstream. It was the same year fellow pop-punk…
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