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Ever since they burst on the scene a couple of years ago, Odd Future reenergized hip-hop with a youthful punk energy rarely seen throughout the past decade.  A strong crop of young rappers has emerged since that time period, and many of them possess a similarly energetic spirit.  Out of all of them, Action Bronson might just be the most punk rock.

Early on in Bronson’s early-afternoon set at Coachella, the rapper stood next to a crowd of people, grabbed a fan’s sandwich and bit into it, holding his mic to the side.  The beat blared in the background as he commented on the food and grabbed blunts and cigars from audience members.

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Margate’s latest album is self-titled, and it features heavy influence from NOFX’s El Hefe.  The guitarist/backup vocalist features on several of Margate‘s tracks, and the album was released via his (and his wife’s) record label Cyber-Tracks.  Unsurprisingly, then, “Sally & Sadie Lou,” a new song from that album posted by Margate, sounds similar to NOFX.  The track is, however, less-nasally, less-angry, and a bit more melodic than the type of music Fat Mike and co. usually release.  The song’s currently streaming via soundcloud, and you can check it out here.

Last Friday, comedian Rob Delaney posted a screenshot of the New York Times website on his Tumblr account. The picture showed the Times’s front page article, which featured the headline “Fugazi Rises Again, In Online Archive.”  Delaney included the following paragraph:

I took a screen shot so that in case an editor at the NY Times was like, “Why the fuck is this on our front page?” and took it down, I would have proof that Fugazi releasing bootlegs was, for a moment, the most important story in the United States of America.

…And the reunions keep on rolling.  First, the Promise Ring and now…. Five Iron Frenzy.  THEY’RE BACK!!!!!! SKA IS NOT DEAD!!!!!!!!!

That’s the reaction me and my friends from my early-teen years had today when the band announced that they’re planning on reuniting and releasing an album of entirely new material.  For those that don’t know, Five Iron Frenzy is a Christian(ish) ska band that formed in the mid-90s and rose to prominence during ska’s “third wave.”

I thought emotionally-charged heavy music had fallen off the musical map ever since “emo” became a dirty word, but there’s a whole new crop of emotional post-hardcore (yes that is a euphemism for “screamo,” basically) bands that are young and extremely popular.  I found out about Touché Amore, an LA-based hardcore group, a couple of weeks ago.  I bought tickets to their 11/13 show at the Echoplex because I liked their latest album, Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me, so much.  Luckily I bought tickets early, because the show eventually sold out.  Apparently more people than I suspected are still listening to this type of music.  And it’s much better than it was 10 years ago.

Based on the band’s tumblr account, I get the sense that me and the guys in Brooklyn indie band The So So Glos would get along.  In the few weeks that the account has been in existence, the group has posted pictures of flyers for Operation Ivy shows, the WWF’s Undertaker and Rodney Dangerfield album covers, among other pop culture .jpegs that I, and other likeminded music fans, enjoy.  The So So Glos have also been repeatedly recommended by one of my favorite bands, Titus Andronicus.  Titus frontman Patrick Stickles (also a Brooklyn resident) was even wearing a So So Glos t-shirt the first time I saw the group preform.

Last night I was walking around Austin, TX, a city that I’ve always wanted to visit considering it’s one of the live music capitals of the United States.  As I walked down the famous Sixth Street strip of bars and music clubs, there was music blasting out of almost every crowded venue.  Country bands in one bar, electronic DJs in another, and a few blues bands as well.  Mission of Burma was even playing at the Mohawk bar, but the $18 ticket price seemed a little too steep.  Just a short walk down the pedestrian street revealed the rumors about the town are definitely true; its music scene is vibrant and exciting, even though SXSW has long passed and ACL is still a couple of months away.