Music Lists

10 Essential Post-Hardcore Albums

For those looking to let out some angst, here are some albums that helped us Millennials in the early-aughts.

While punk and hardcore commanded both mainstream and underground music scenes in the late '90s and early 2000s, the post-hardcore subgenre began to enter its final form.

Emerging bands grew tired of punk's stiff confines and metal's overall machismo energy, so the early 2000s crafted a sound that experimented with indie rock, R&B, and even jazz to produce rock music more inclusive of sweeping melodies and sensitive songwriting.

For those whose childhoods encapsulated the early 2000s, post-hardcore exploded on the scene and was part of a thriving wave of alt-rock that included emo and post-grunge.


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Culture News

Kanye West's Presidential Run Is Great News for Donald Trump

"Better late than never" may not apply in this case...

On Saturday, in a strange celebration of Independence Day, rapper, producer, and sneaker mogul Kanye West announced his intention to run for president in 2020.

As in, this year. Right now.

The announcement quickly prompeted messages of support from Kanye's wife, prison reform advocate Kim Kardashian West, as well as from billionaire weirdo/Grimes baby daddy Elon Musk.

Of course, this news comes well past the filing deadline for independent candidates in several major states—which means that unless a political party randomly decides to nominate him, Kanye's name won't appear on those ballots. As deadlines in other states approach—with little apparent effort to gather the petition signatures required—Kanye is officially joining the long, proud history of vanity presidential campaigns. Unfortunately, that's a lot more dangerous than it sounds.

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Music Reviews

Phoebe Bridgers' "Punisher" Is a Devastating Masterpiece

Three years after her solo debut, the L.A. folk singer goes bigger and better.

Phoebe Bridgers promised that a main tenet of her sophomore album, Punisher, would be "crying," as if emotional anguish hadn't been the driving force of her career thus far.

While the Los Angelean singer/songwriter asserts that she loves her life and hasn't experienced much more trauma than your average 25-year-old woman, she also recognizes that despair is a widely-shared experience. Punisher expands on Bridgers' knack for gut-wrenching lyrics served with a wit that could cut diamonds; this is, after all, the same musician whose breakthrough came with an upbeat diss track about her abuser.


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