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The Best Punk on Bandcamp, May 2018

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Bandcamp has long been a home for DIY punk and hardcore from around the world, touching all of the myriad subgenre styles and helping to translate the simple effectiveness of cut-and-paste to the digital age. For May’s edition of the best punk releases on Bandcamp, Kerry Cardoza highlights the proto-hardcore sounds of Material Support, the Icelandic diatribes of Dauðyflin, flawless releases by Decisions and Gen Pop, and much more.

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Better Know a College Radio Station: Wesleyan’s WESU

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For many obsessive fans who grew up in the pre-Internet era, a passion for music was sparked in the dingy basements and dark booths of college radio stations. Despite sound boards that are decades out of date and tastes that are rapidly changing, the collegiate airwaves tradition has endured. The best college stations remain dedicated to delivering music that fall outside the purview of Billboard-charting mainstream radio. Continue reading

Biggest Ups: Over 40 Artists Share Their Favorite Albums of 2017

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Bandcamp artists pick their favorite albums of the year.

One of the features on Bandcamp Daily that generates the greatest amount of enthusiasm is Big Ups. The concept is simple: we ask artists who used Bandcamp to recommend their favorite Bandcamp discoveries. So, in honor of our Best of 2017 coverage, we decided to take Big Ups and super-size it. Here, more than 40 artists to tell us their favorite albums of the year.

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Big Ups: Priests Pick Their Favorite Bands on Bandcamp

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When Priests emerged from the D.C. underground, they were quickly characterized as no wave-inspired noisemakers. But singer Katie Alice Greer is hesitant to embrace that description: “I’m usually pretty wary of people using that signifier for musicianship,” she says. “It’s more of a historical reference point.” Indeed, with each new release, the fiery foursome have subtly honed and refined their sound, while also becoming one of the most inspiring activist-punk agitators around.

We recently caught up with the band—Greer, drummer Daniele Daniele, guitarist G.L. Jaguar, and bassist Taylor Mulitz—via FaceTime while they were at an Airbnb in Carcassonne, France. “We just finished off 10 shows in a row and this is our first night off,” says Daniele. “It’s nice to have a night to relax.”

Listening to tapes together is one of the group’s favorite leisure activities, especially while on the road driving from gig to gig. So asking them to choose their five favorite Bandcamp releases was an easy task. “All of these are albums were in heavy rotation four or five years ago, when we were first figuring out what we were doing,” says Greer. “Most of our picks are bands that didn’t really pursue music as a profession, exactly. They all do other stuff, they just happen to be really gifted musicians at the same time.”

From raunchy provocateurs to humorous, ballsy lyricists, here are five acts that fuel Priests’ creative energies, the latest edition in our Big Ups series.

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On “Nothing Feels Natural,” Priests Refines Their Punk Aesthetic

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Photos by Audrey Melton.

We’ve only been speaking for a few moments when Katie Alice Greer, lead vocalist for the D.C. band Priests, lets loose with a laugh. “We did another interview earlier today,” she says, “and the writer said, ‘You’re a difficult band to prep for. There isn’t one linear storyline about your band.’ We were like, ‘Yeah, I mean, we kind of designed our band that way on purpose. Sorry [to make] more work for you, but that’s very much intentional.’”

Intention has been a core part of the group’s ethos since their inception. They operate democratically, with all four members having equal say in both the group’s music and business dealings. Five years ago, Priests formed the record label Sister Polygon as a way to release their own music, before expanding the imprint to include groups in the band’s geographic and spiritual circles, bands like Sneaks, Downtown Boys, and Hand Grenade Job. On their official debut LP, Nothing Feels Natural, Priests feel sleeker and more stylized than they have in the past, opting for polished vignettes in lieu of blunt-force intensity. Greer sings more than she shouts, and her lyrics are more oblique, though the group’s notions aren’t any less political.

“My own personal perspective on the band [used to be], ‘I wanna form a band that’s giving a middle finger to passive complicit rich people. I wanna give a middle finger to people who think you have to be really technically proficient or a dude to be in a band,’” Greer says. “I was really into being antagonistic and being really literal and topical with our politics. [Now] I would much prefer to be subtle, and for the people who are already thinking about these things to be able to engage with that.”

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