INTERVIEW: Five Questions with Armageddon Man

You know how in ’80s movies there was always a bad boy that the female protagonist always had the hots for (think EVERY Charlie Sheen role from that decade) and the parental figure would always say something along the lines of “Not with that boy you’re not!” or “You’re going to give your father a heart attack!” […]

Album Review: Broken Talent – Rules No One

From the golden age of South Florida punk rock, Broken Talent was a supremely “punk” punk band. Formed out of necessity by Malcolm “Tent” Hutch and Richard “Santo” Mallia during their high school years and pursued well into college age, Broken Talent left behind a trail of drummers, a handful of guitarists, the “Blood Slut” […]

The Best Cassettes of 2015

What a year for the cassette tape, right? Cassettes sold four times as much in 2015 than the year before, at least 100 new cassette-only labels opened up shop this year, and the blatantly obvious marketing ploy and ridiculously-named Cassette Store Day celebrated its third year. It doesn’t get much trendier. But aside from the […]

E. Grizzly’s “Think!” – A digital gallery

E. Grizzly is one of my favorite underground rappers. Period. Hailing from Miami and currently residing in Philadelphia, Grizzly is a traveling MC who makes his home between the aforementioned cities and NYC – creating his version of the Bermuda Triangle, the E. Grizzly Cave. South Floridians will know him from cyphers, local hip-hop shows […]

Interview: Lucera’s vocalist Unholywar

  Formed in Cali, Colombia in 1992 by guitarist Buziraco, Lucera has been a force to be reckoned with in South American extreme black metal. Relocated to Miami since, they’ve been gaining notoriety and enjoying a resurgence of creativity that has culminated in a few releases of note. Co-headliners of this weekend’s Black Kvlt Fest […]

Boilerman Tour Diary: June 2015

Boilerman are a three-piece band out of Chicago that have been picking up some steam in the punk underground for a handful of years. Their latest EP, a self-titled 10″ out of 86’d Records, is blast of energetic, grungy hardcore peppered with just right amount of pop-punk sensibility. The music surges forth with power and […]

Interview: PEARS – Punk rock’s last hope?

PEARS – Framework Last Friday New Orleans’ PEARS blasted their way through a fierce 25 minute set opening for Teenage Bottlerocket at West Palm Beach’s Respectable Street. The venue once again did a phenomenally horrible job promoting the gig (somthing I’ve discussed here in the past) but as soon as I heard about the show I contacted PEARS […]

5 new records that you need to jump on now

Every other week I write micro blurb reviews of amazing new music. Below is the latest batch of music that you need to check out. Death Eyes – S/T Members of San Diego’s Death Crisis and Rats Eyes make up this side project called Death Eyes. This LP is at the top of my list […]

The Best Cassettes of 2014

It’s year-end time which means the Internet is bursting at the virtual seams with best-of lists compiled with sole intent of making you feel inadequate and out of touch. Well I hate to tell you this but here at Tuff Gnarl we are no less self-righteous than the next pajama pants-wearing Internet know-it-all. So in […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-Five

I am Gurzil, Berber God of War. I am fueled by the thousand deaths of the Punic Wars. 690. Dashiell Hedayat – Obsolete. Daniel Theron, known artistically as Dashiell Hedayat, an homage portmanteau of Dahiell Hammett and Sadegh Hedayat might’ve been better known in his native France as an author but in this lone venture […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-Four

I’ve been feeling ambivalent lately towards this little vanity project of mine. While it is nice to reminisce and talk some shit about music without worrying about deadlines and “clicks,” it is also a time-consuming endeavor that does nothing to pay my bills. A therapist once told me that I didn’t “follow through” with my […]

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Forty-Three

Some years go by okay, some don’t. This one’s three-quarters of the way in and it’s already been too much to take. Young people shouldn’t die young regardless of the circumstances. This past week we lost artist Edward Crowell II to a motorcycle accident and Tuffgnarl.com friend Orlando Sanchez to a heart attack, according to […]