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The Best 5 Pop-Punk Albums of 2015


With the year winding down and no huge pop-punk releases on the radar in the near future, I thought I’d go through my top 5 albums of the year for the genre. Let’s do it to it.

5. The Story So Far – Self-Titled

I’ll be honest, this record had to grow on me. The
Story So Far
’s third offering sounded like it was too much of the same, like
the band didn’t show enough growth from their previous albums. I still do think
that to a certain extent, but eventually the album just kind of clicked with
me. The lead single, “Nerve”, and songs like “Heavy Gloom” will get your blood
pumping with vocalist Parker Cannon’s machine gun-like delivery of scathing
lyrics. Hopefully in the future they’ll mix it up a little bit, but for the
time being you can still count on The Story So Far to make you feel a little bit
better about that breakup you’re probably going through.

4. Knuckle Puck – Copacetic

Copacetic is a solid release from Chicago’s
Knuckle Puck. After a string of excellent EP’s, the band finally released their
first full-length this year. Relatively new to the scene, there’s no doubt the
band will see a rise in popularity due to killer tracks like “Pretense” and “Disdain”.
The songs are angsty, emotional, and hard-hitting. The one criticism I have is
that I don’t love the production on the album. I think it’s a little
over-produced. Nonetheless, it’s totes worth a listen if you love pop-punk with
a hardcore influence.

3. Neck Deep – Life’s Not Out to Get You

This is about as “pop-punk” of a record as you
can get. I like the message in the album title. Maybe it’s the demographic, but
sometimes it seems like bands in this genre are in a competition to see who can
feel the sorriest for themselves, so it’s nice to see a decidedly mature
message from Wales’ Neck Deep. They’re definitely the UK’s flagship band in
the pop-punk scene, and that won’t be changing any time soon with this fun

2. The Wonder Years – No Closer to Heaven

I’m biased because I think The Wonder Years are
far and away the best band in the pop-punk genre this decade, but this is
definitely one of my favorite albums of the year. No Closer to Heaven is their 5th
album and you get the sense that the boys from South Philly have grown up quite
a bit. Vocalist and lyricist Dan “Soupy” Campbell yet again crafts incredible
lyrics, showcased on songs like “Cigarettes and Saints”. This is not a
feel-good record, far heavier than their previous releases in both lyrical
content and instrumentation.

1. Turnover – Peripheral Vision

I feel like it’s cheating to put this album on a
pop-punk list, but Turnover started out as a pop-punk band, so we’re going with
it. Peripheral Vision, the band’s third album, is just fantastic. There’s no
other way to say it. What’s amazing is that it’s such a huge departure from
their previous work. It’s almost as if The Cure and Title Fight had a baby. Haunting lyrics
and swirling dream pop-esque guitars combine to make one of the most
interesting records of the year. Do yourself a big favor and give it a listen.


RJ Morgan

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TBT: Who Is Arcade Fire?


With the Grammys taking place this past weekend, it seems like an appropriate week to take a stroll down memory lane to Grammys past. 

In 2011, Arcade Fire beat out Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry, and Eminem for Album of the Year with The Suburbs. They were the first ever indie artist to win this category, and the internet was not thrilled


For fans of indie music who favor an eclectic/often unconventional sound, Arcade Fire is the greatest thing your ears will ever experience. They’ve been around since 2001, fronted by husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. Arcade Fire has it all: bass, piano, drums, cello, French horn, glockenspiel, harp, cello, and many, many more. 

Their four albums–2004’s Funeral, 2007’s Neon Bible, 2010’s The Suburbs, and 2014’s Reflektor–have all received critical acclaim. Their lyrics are lovely and many of their songs feature Chassagne singing in French, which is probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard. On top of all this, Arcade Fire has done social justice work to raise money for Haiti, Chassagne’s country of origin, and recently scored the Spike Jonze movie, Her.

Who the hell is Arcade Fire? Your new favorite band, that’s who. 



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