Review: The Menzingers – ‘Rented World’

In recent years, Pennsylvania’s chief export has been bands that know how to craft a razor sharp hook. Scranton pop-punx The Menzingers are at the forefront of this Keystone State pop-punk renaissance. The band’s early releases have become touchstones in the modern punk scene and 2012’s On The Impossible Past finally saw the four-piece finally breaking through to a wider audience and for good reason.

The album combined major key melodies with bitterly nostalgic lyricism to make an intoxicating listen, sort of like The Gaslight Anthem if Brian Fallon listened to more Schwarzenbach than Springsteen. On The Impossible Past shattered any preconceived notions on what the band could do and on their fourth full-length, Rented World, The Menzingers swing for the fences.

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Dyin’ Angry: Stop Crying About the American Football Reunion and Start Crying About the American Football Reunion

Earlier this year, Polyvinyl Records announced that they would be reissuing American Football’s legendary full-length with unreleased demos and live tracks. Following this announcement, the influential emo act announced yesterday that they would be reuniting to play two shows this fall. On top of a show at New York’s Webster Hall, American Football will be headlining Champaign, Ill.’s Pygmalion Festival this year alongside CHVRCHES, Deafheaven and many more.

While the band’s announcement was met with excitement from fans, there was nearly as much backlash directed at the band from members of the scene they helped build. On top of the usual cries of “that’s nowhere NEAR where I live WTF?!??!” that come part and parcel with any artist announcing a tour anywhere, there was also criticism from members of the emo community (specifically the groups preoccupied with labeling bands as “real emo” and “fake emo”) claiming that the band was tarnishing their legacy by playing these shows and cashing in on emo’s renewed popularity.

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American Football Reunites, Announces Two Shows

American Football have announced that they will be reuniting for two shows. The influential band will be playing the Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign, IL and New York’s Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale this Friday. Hit continue reading to see the dates and listen to an unreleased demo from their upcoming reissue, out May 20th on Polyvinyl Records.

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Die Angry’s Pick of the Litter, 4/20

With our Pick of The Litter feature, we’re sifting through our submissions, personal libraries, and your recommendations to pick out releases that might have otherwise flown under the radar. This week, enjoy the lo-fi sad vibes of Personality Disorders, Midwest Moms‘ catchy shoegaze, and the furious DC hardcore of Pure Disgust.

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