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Concerts and Live Performances

Punk rock is often raw and crude. It's the kind of music that is often better when witnessed than listened to. Here's a collection of reviews of live performances by punk bands, both by me and throughout the web.
  1. 2011 Vans Warped Tour (51)
  2. 2012 Vans Warped Tour (3)
  3. 2013 Vans Warped Tour (11)
  4. 2014 Vans Warped Tour (3)
  5. Music Venues (2)
  6. Punk Festivals (12)
  7. SXSW 2009 (3)
  8. SXSW 2010 (6)
  9. SXSW 2011 (3)
  10. SXSW 2014 (3)
  11. Warped Tour 2009 (52)
  12. Warped Tour 2010 (56)

Death at a Concert
Here are some of the worst tragedies to take place at concerts over the years.

Two Weeks of Celtic Punk Rock
As we wind our way toward St. Patrick's Day, we have the photos from two weeks worth of Celtic and Irish punk rock.

What tours are you most looking forward to?
There are always great punk bands hitting the road. Who are you most looking forward to seeing?

Punk Band Tour Dates
A listing of links to the tour dates of punk bands currently on tour.

What are your favorite moments from the Vans Warped Tour?
We want to hear your favorite moments from any Vans Warped Tour you've been to!

The Warped Tour 2009 Lineup
A listing of the lineup for the 2008 Vans Warped Tour as its released, with the dates the bands will be playing.

Review: Valient Thorr 'In Heat'
The power of a live performance by Valient Thorr has finally been captured on this DVD documenting the band's past five years on the road.

Warped Tour 2008 - The Complete Lineup
A listing of the complete lineup for the 2008 Vans Warped Tour, with the dates the bands will be playing.

SXSW 2008
A recap of the music and madness of SXSW 2008.

Shout It Loud Tour, July 7, 2007 Royal Oak Music Theater, Royal Oak, MI
Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake prove there are other big summer shows besides the Warped Tour.

Hellcat Records Tour, May, 16 2007, Magic Stick Detroit
Rockabilly, glam, ska... is there anything Hellcat can't do? Not when they're putting together a tour.

Film Review: Punk's Not Dead
More than a historical piece, Punk's Not Dead is an exploration of the ideals of punk rock and what it means to punk.

VNV Nation, April 22, 2007, St. Andrew's Hall, Detroit
It's been years since Industrial was at its peak, but there are still a few bands touring. Like VNV nation. They've been going for a long time, and it's still an event when they tour, which prompted this Detroit show to sell out.

Youth Group, Aqueduct and Freer, April 15, 2007, Magic Stick Detroit
Because of a long-standing reputation for carrying such great bands as Bad Religion, Bouncing Souls and NOFX, I have a lot of respect for Epitaph as a record label. When Youth Group, one of their newest acquisitions, came to town, I was really interested to check out the new kids, despite the fact that they are more indie, and not what I would consider typical Epitaph fare.

New York Dolls, November 16, 2006, St. Andrew's Hall, Detroit
Supersuckers and the New York Dolls – now that's a bill to write home about (or write on a Web site about, as the case may be). When you team up one of the founders of punk rock with "the greatest rock and roll band that ever lived", who knows what's going to happen!

Valient Thorr, November 13, 2006, The Shelter, Detroit
It may have been a cold Monday night in Detroit, but Valient Thorr played to a small crowd just like they rocked the summer stage at the Van's Warped Tour.

The 2006 Van's Warped Tour, July 29, 2006, Comerica Park, Detroit
It was a hot humid day, but the people poured into Comerica Park to see NOFX, Joan Jett and a whole lot more.

Mission Of Burma - July 28, 2006, The Magic Stick, Detroit
Although they first got together in 1979, Mission Of Burma was on hiatus from 1983-2002. Now that they are back together and on the road again, their shows are just as noisy and revolutionary as ever.

The Buzzcocks, The Shelter, Detroit, July 14, 2006
The Buzzcocks are taking their legendary sound on the road, and proving that they sound as good as they always have.

Reel Big Fish, Clutch Cargo's, Pontiac, July 5, 2006
As far as ska punk bands go, Reel Big Fish is one of the last great ones still putting out records and touring. Their live shows are always high-energy and a lot of fun. This show was no exception.

Be Your Own Pet - 06-06-06, Magic Stick, Detroit
Although they have produced a great album, these kids have a lot of growing up to do before they will be worth seeing live.

Mamapalooza Detroit, Royal Oak Music Theater, May 5, 2006
Mamapalooza is a nationwide event honoring moms in music and art. This a review of the Detroit festival.

The Briefs, April 29, 2006, Magic Stick, Detroit
The Briefs are on tour, bringing their old school punk rock on the road. Check out my review of their Detroit show.

Subhumans, Magic Stick, Detroit, April 21, 2006
Dick and the Subhumans tear up Detroit with old school anarcho-punk rock.

Gogol Bordello, Magic Stick, Detroit, April 9, 2006
Gogol Bordello brings Gypsy Punk to the Motor City.

Sisters of Mercy, State Theater Detroit, March 13, 2006
The Sisters of Mercy are on tour again. I'm not sure why.

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