5 Albums You May Have Missed Out On In 2011…

People often come to me in search of new music. Albeit, I don’t feel like I have the best taste in the world, I just comb the Internet in search of new and interesting music. This year alone I have discovered an abundance of new bands and even revisited some older bands that I had forgot about. My gift to you this holiday season, readers, is some of my favorite albums of 2011. Check it out after the break.

5. Stickup Kid – “The Sincerest Form of Flattery”

I first found out about Stickup Kid when I received a random email from a friend asking me if I could book a show for them. I soon after checked them out and fell in love. Embodying the new pop-punk meets hardcore sound that has come onto the scene in the last couple of years, they were the perfect combination of the two. I spent many nights over the summer just singing along with this album.

Recommended Songs:

Wyandotte County Lake, You’re Killing me Smalls


4. LaDispute – “Wildlife”

I’ve known about LaDispute for a while but never really took an interest in them until someone suggested them to me again. Right off the bat, I felt like it was 2004 and I was back at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS seeing a hardcore show for the first time. Not many bands can pull off spoken word well, but LaDispute has their own unique way of storytelling, and I cling onto every sentence.

Recommended Songs:

St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Blues, A Departure


3. Polar Bear Club – “Clash Battle Guilt Pride”

It was 2005 when I first heard about Polar Bear Club, and I was in the back of a tour van in Rochester, NY. Forming as most bands do out of the ashes of other projects, I have always felt like Polar Bear Club picked up where bands like Hot Water Music left off. Their third full length is probably the most mature record they’ve released to date.

Recommended Songs:

Killin’ It, Pawner, Kneel On Nails


2. Red Fang – “Murder the Mountains”

With their first true full length record, Red Fang delivers a record that is both equal parts rock n roll and stoner sludge metal. Solid grooves, catchy riffs , and Bryan Giles voice has an early 90s grunge feel to it on this record. This is one of those records that you will find yourself jamming to in a garage in the middle of nowhere and drinking a cheap six pack.

Recommended Songs:

Dirt Wizard, Throw Up, The Undertow


1. Counterparts – “The Current Will Carry Us”

Canada sure does know how to do melodic hardcore, and Hamilton, Ontario’s Counterparts, is no exception to the rule. Joining the ranks of other Canadian greats such as “Go It Alone” and “Gravemaker”, they deliver an album that touches on everything from religion to being disconnected and wanting to give up. This has been by far my most played album of the year, and it hasn’t even been out for that long.

Recommended Songs:

Thank God, Pedestal, The Constant


Honorable mention:

It was hard to limit myself to just 5 records, but here are a few other records I really enjoyed this year:

Defeater – “Empty Days & Sleepless Nights”

Russian Circles – “Empros”

M83 – “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”



I love Star Wars probably more than anything else. My second love is music. I have been fortunate to have lived my dream and toured the United States. I have tour managed for Underminded, Full Blown Chaos, Scars of Tomorrow, Catherine, Dear Life, and Close To Home. I spend my days listening to as much new music as I can and booking shows in my spare time.

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