For better or worse, the sacred cows of punk are being gutted — for example, the now-antiquated concept of "selling out" has nearly vanished from the lexicon of underground music. Even hardcore — a genre that places a gigantic bounty on aesthetic purity and hard-nosed authenticity — is rethinking its orthodoxy. What can be done if the pure bombast of '80s hardcore doesn't speak to today's disenchanted flocks? San Francisco's Ceremony is best known for unrelenting, powerfully violent music, but it is among a number of ambitious hardcore bands (think Fucked Up and L.A.'s Trash Talk) being granted slivers of limelight from between the cracks. The band recently signed with indie powerhouse Matador (whose owner used to publish a prominent punk fanzine before championing the likes of Belle and Sebastian), and though Ceremony's... More >>>