Top 12 Emo/Punk Albums, March 2014
While much of the country is still digging out after an unbearable winter, there are plenty of new emo/punk releases to keep you warm this month -- or to at least provide the soundtrack to shoveling that last batch of snow. Most notably, Taking Back Sunday's old/new lineup returns with Happiness Is, marking the group's second release with vocalist/guitarist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper back in the fray. Elsewhere, Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba turns up the twang with his folk side project Twin Forks, and Hot Water Music's Chuck Ragan channels Americana on his fifth solo album, 'Till Midnight.
Meanwhile, emo vets Finch celebrate 10 years of their scene favorite What It Is to Burn with a live set, and hardcore stalwarts Earth Crisis prove they've got plenty left in the tank on their eighth album, Salvation of Innocents. There's plenty from the relative newbies as well, though, as "emo revival" lynchpins The Hotelier (formerly The Hotel Year) deliver the stunning Home, Like Noplace Is There, and Issues mix electronic, hip-hop and metal on their genre-blurring, self-titled debut.