Punk group Hostage Calm’s latest jumbles different inspirations

Connecticut punk band Hostage Calm’s latest release, Die On Stage, tries to funnel an array of rock influences into a 10-track LP meant to celebrate “the subsequent post-millennial fatalism permeating today’s youth culture,” as described in its press release. While the album has definite political rock and anarcho-punk undertones, the
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The state of rock today

In order to determine whether someone is worthy of my friendship, the make-it-or-break-it question is: “What kind of music do you listen to?” You’ll answer, listing band names and song titles as I nod and assess the possible concerts, potential hangout playlists and future conflicts of musical interest.  And, inevitably,
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Fashion Fridays: Somewhere Between Preppy and Punk

As stormy clouds rolled in just in time for yet another rainy campaign season, UC Berkeley students traded their warm weather maxi dresses and shorts back for more appropriate layering. While some Cal students stayed true to the vintage prep look that was strong at the turn of the decade,
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Interview with L.A. punk-pop band Bleached

If the music world were a high school, then punk-rock sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin of Bleached would be the most popular girls in school. Since their first album, Ride Your Heart, dropped in April, the Clavin sisters have been riding a seemingly nonstop press circuit and tour. Last month,
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ArCATypes: The Non-Punk’s Guide to Loving Punk Music

I spent my spring break reflecting on how I ended up with the aesthetic tastes upon which I plan to base my prospective career as a writer. I know, pretentious, right? This was partially due to the fact that I was unhealthily obsessing over Wavves and FIDLAR after seeing them
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