Whitney Johnson's second album as Matchess was the best album of 2015, and unfortunately it hasn't received nearly as much attention as it deserves. Johnson melds trudging drum machines, hazy viola, and alien vocals into an haunting transmission from another galaxy.
Complete Discography compiles Minor Threat's entire body of recordings on a single compact disc. Hardcore, as a rule, wasn't particularly musically diverse, but Minor Threat were one of the genre's groundbreaking acts and their music has held up better than most of their contemporaries. As the de facto leaders of the Washington, D.C., hardcore scene, the band pioneered the straight-edge mentality by emphasizing impossibly fast tempos, brief songs, political lyrics, and a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle. Happy St. Patrick's Day.