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  1. Glean are a young hardcore band from San Diego with a big, chunky, melodic sound. In their seesawing dynamics and their bruised, passionate hooks, Glean recall the early-'90s moment when some of the architects of hardcore's early days started branching out and striving for alt-rock acceptance: Bob Mould with Sugar, Walter Schreifels with Quicksand. You…
  2. Today's the day: The Turning, Floria Sigismondi's feature film adaptation of Henry James' horror novella The Turn Of The Screw, is officially out. So is its soundtrack, which features an impressive collection of mostly female leading lights from the alternative and indie realm.
  3. There's something fascinating about the very idea of the hardcore band that has the potential to cross over. It's not an easy thing to do! Right now, there's a tiny cadre of bands who came out of the DIY basement scene and managed to grow to the point where they get booked at gigantic rock…
  4. The Columbus, Ohio band Snarls impressed us with their single "Walk In The Woods" last year, so much so that the track landed amongst our Favorite Songs of the year and we named them one of the Best New Bands of 2019.
  5. Ascendant Houston rap star Megan Thee Stallion had a huge 2019 thanks to hits like "Big Ole Freak," "Cash Shit," and "Hot Girl Summer." She's positioned to continue her success streak in 2020, having already teased collaborations with Pharrell and SZA and announced her official debut album Suga. (Last year's Fever sure felt like a…