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A Beginner's Guide to the History of Punk
If you've made it here, you're obviously interested in the history of punk music. Who wouldn't be? Due to its major players, punk is an interesting cultural movement that peaked once in the late '70s and early '80s, and appears to be peaking again. Now is an exciting time for punk music, and it's easiest to figure out what's going on when you know what's already happened.
The Bands on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour
As the 2013 Vans Warped Tour draws closer, we'll keep an eye on the lineup, including all the rumors, speculations and official announcements.
Here Are the 6 Celtic Punk Bands You Should Know
Whether or not you're Irish, you're bound to get into the infectious sounds of Celtic Punk. Old favorites like the the Pogues as well as more recent bands like Flogging Molly are going strong, bringing Irish-influenced punk rock to the entire world.
Punk's 20 Most Influential Albums
If you really want to know about punk, you need to know the fundamentals. This list of 20 is a good place to start.
30 Bands Joining Van's Warped Tour Lineup in 2014
The full lineup of the 2014 Vans Warped Tour lineup as its revealed, along with rumors and speculation.
The Subgenres of Punk Rock
Following its beginnings, punk rock quickly split into a multitude of subgenres. Each would have a strong following and distinctive sound.
The 10 Best Love Songs for That Special Punk in...
For Valentine's Day, or any other day of the year, here are 10 punk rock love songs to put together a play list for the one you love.
10 Best Hardcore Punk Albums of All Time
Here are 10 albums no self-respecting hardcore fan should be without.
Beginning at the Beginning: A Timeline of Punk...
Here's a brief timeline outlining some of the most important events in punk music history - the kind that shaped the face of music. Page 1 of 2.
10 Political Punk Rock Bands You Should Know
Punk rock and politics have never been strangers. Here are the names in political punk rock that you should know.
Review: The Dropkick Murphys - Going Out In Style
The 6th studio album from the Dropkick Murphys, Going Out In Style finds the band exactly where they should be, on top of their game but unwilling to stagnate.
A Timeline of Punk History (Continued)
In the late '80s, punk rock would really begin to be shaping itself into the scene we know today. Page 2.
What is hardcore music?
A brief description of hardcore punk, and the beginnings of the hardcore punk scene.
More Punk Subgenres
Following its beginnings, punk rock quickly split into a multitude of subgenres. Each would have a strong following and distinctive sound. Page 2.
The Members of both Black Flags
With two Black Flag reunions happening at the same time, we take a look at everyone involved.
Everything Went Black - A Profile of Black Flag
Raw, powerful and dark, Black Flag is considered by many to be both the first hardcore punk rock band and one of the most influential punk bands in the states.
Top 10 Punk Rock Albums With A Touch of Horror
Whether you're putting together a soundtrack for a Halloween party or simply listening to music on your way to a horror flick, here are some great recommendations for those of us who like our punk rock with a dash of the horrific.
Todd Wolenski of Baldy Longhair Records
Todd Wolenski of Baldy Longhair Records explains why he thinks tapes are making a combeack
An Interview With Tim McIlrath of Rise Against...
Tim McIlrath of Rise Against discusses the band's new album, and his feelings on political activism and the face of politics in punk rock today.
Best Punk Albums and Artists For Kids
Here's a list of albums for your punk friends who have little ones at home.
Punk Rock Cell Phone Photos
With the increasing quality of cell phone cameras, a lot of people are getting great photos on their phones at live punk shows. This is your chance to share your photos with the world.
A Definition of the Straight Edge Movement
A movement spawned within the hardcore scene in the '80s, followers of the straight edge movement have made a commitment to abstain from using drugs, alcohol and tobacco products.
The Worst Tragedies at Live Concerts and...
Nobody goes to a concert expecting tragedy, but over the years, deaths have happened at concerts. Here are some of the worst.
Top 10 Punk Rock Gift Ideas 2013
Here's a list of great punk rock gift ideas for anyone on your list who's into punk, and also a great list of ideas of things to ask for.
10 Essential Items You Should Take to Warped Tour
If you've never been to the Warped Tour before, you may not have realized it won't be like any other concert you've been to. So know what to take before you go.
Best Punk Rock Movies
Although Hollywood has often made a caricature of punk, the truth is that many great punk rock films have been made over the years. Here are out favorites.
Flogging Molly Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A profile and biography of Flogging Molly, a Celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California.
An interview with punk rock chef Jamie...
Punk rock chef Jamie Bissonnette dishes up his background in hardcore.
Post-hardcore and screamo - what are they?
A definition of post-hardcore that does little to define it all.
Would the real Black Flag please stand up?
With two separate Black Flag reunions this summer, we look for the real Black Flag.
Rise Against Profile
Chicago hardcore band Rise Against is dark and intense, both musically and politically.
Punk Band Tour Dates
A listing of links to the tour dates of punk bands currently on tour.
Dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour
All the cities and dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off in Seattle.
Classic Punk Rock Video Clips on YouTube
YouTube is one of the best places for perusing video records of punk's history. Here are some of our favorite and least favorite video clips.
Pogues Profile - A Brief Biography of the Pogues
Hailing from London, the Pogues are truly the founders of the Celtic punk movement. Blending traditional Irish Folk with politics and punk rock energy, they paved the way for many bands to come.
Gin Wigmore - Gravel & Wine
With Gravel & Wine, New Zealand's Gin Wigmore opens us up to a surprisingly big sound with roots in the American South.
Black Flag vs. FLAG
Gregg Ginn has filed suit against his former Black Flag bandmates, and the real victims will be the fans.
Tour Dates: August Burns Red with blessthefall,...
If you missed August Burns Red, blessthefall or Defeater on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, this fall you'll have a chance to catch them again. August Burns Red
Dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
The dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
The Sex Pistols, Creators of the Punk Rock Image
Although they were around for a relatively short time, no other punk band generated more press, or created a bigger uproar, then the Sex Pistols. In their brief existence, they created the trademark punk rock sound and image.
Should you get band tattoo? Probably not.
Should you send your favorite musician a severed ear like someone did for Jared Leto? No. Should you get their name tattooed on your body? Probably not.
Enter Shikari - A Flash Flood Of Colour
Enter Shikari, one of the most exciting bands running right now, merges hardcore, elcetronica and dubstep on A Flash Flood Of Colour.
Rancid - Let The Dominoes Fall
With Let the Dominoes Fall, Rancid has released what Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong calls his favorite Rancid album yet.
Punk Rock Holiday Songs
If you're getting ready to celebrate the holidays, here are 10 punk Christmas and Chanukah songs to make the season bright.
The Disconnects/Crazy & The Brains - Are On The...
Are on the Other Side features more rock from the Disconnects, along with quirkiness from their labelmates Crazy & the Brains.
Friends Stand United - What is FSU?
With the arrest of Elgin Nathan James, the leader of FSU, for extortion, FSU is making news again. You might be wondering who FSU is, what FSU stands for, or where FSU came from. Here is a brief profile of Friends Stand United.
Riot Grrrl
Riot Grrrl was about politics as much as it was about music.
SXSW 2014: A Musical Recap
While SXSW 2014 may have been marred by some tragic events, it also remains a wondrous event loaded with more incredible music than you could shake a really big
Story of the Year to headline 2013 Scream It...
For those of you who felt that the lineup for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour wasn't loaded up bands screaming their little hearts out, the dates and headliner for
A Profile Of The Vans Warped Tour
Since 1995, The Vans Warped Tour has been bringing punk rock and extreme sports to a parking lot near you.
Anti-Flag Profile
Intense, energetic and fiercely political, Pittsburgh's Anti-Flag works to be a radical political voice for American punk rock.
Can Save Ferris be saved?
The band members of '90s ska group Save Ferris sue former singer over the definition of a reunion show.
Koffin Kats - Our Way and the Highway
On Our Way and the Highway, Detroit's Koffin Kats sing psychobilly road songs.
An Interview With Cyrus Bolooki of New Found...
New Found Glory drummer Cyrus Bolooki discusses the new album, touring and... Lionel Richie?
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.
Birds In Row - Collected
One of the biggest secrets in France, Birds In Row are going to be your new favorite hardcore band.
The Devil Wears Prada - 'The Zombie EP'
On the Zombie EP, The Devil Wears Prada have figured out how to make their sound work.
A Green Day Bio
One of the bands credited with the resurgence in popularity of punk rock in the states, Green Day is one of the most popular and commercially successful punk bands in U.S. Over the course of their career, Green Day has captured three Grammys, and Green Day has sold over 65 million records.
Dropkick Murphys Profile - A Brief Bio of the...
Following in the footsteps of the Pogues, the Dropkick Murphys take traditional Irish music and mix it up with punk, Oi! and hardcore.
The Ramones
While the Sex Pistols and the Clash were defining British punk, the Ramones were creating the American punk sound in two-minutes bursts.
An Interview with Rory Clewlow of Enter Shikari
Enter Shikari guitarist Rory Clewlow on the band's influences and sound.
10 Songs From Detroit's Punk Scene
Motown's music is much more than just Motown Music. Check out this sample of the punk bands in Detroit.
The Runaways
A profile and brief bio of the all-girl rock band the Runaways, often called the first Riot Grrrl band.
Bloodnstuff - Bloodnstuff
Bloodnstuff's sound can only be described as big, but when you find out they're a duo, it just gets bigger...
The Gutter Punk or Crust Punk Movement
A definition of gutter punks, with a look at their history.
Dead Kennedys Profile - A Biography of the Dead...
One of the founders of political American hardcore, the Dead Kennedys went after Reagan-era economics and commercialism with a vengeance.
Paramore Profile - A Biography of Paramore
Newcomers to the punk world, Paramore is pop punk's version of a teenage popstar.
Kick Out The Jams - A biography of the Motor...
While still firmly attached to the hippie movement, the MC5 launched an assault on music that paved the way for punk rock.
The Vacancies - A Beat Missing Or A Silence Added
The Vacancies first album on Joan Jett's Blackheart Records, A Beat Missing Or A Silence Added, is a heady dose of rock and punk, with a solid message as well.
Pop Music? It's All Formualic
If recent reports are to believed, pop music is about formulas, not art.
Mix Tape Tuesday, Volume 5: Essential Sounds...
On the tail end of the Stooges and the MC5 in Detroit, New York punk was beginning. The advent of clubs like CBGB were giving bands a place to play, and New York was ripe for punk to explode. Here are 10 songs from New York's punk pioneers that create a historical document and a great mix tape.
Top 5 Essential Books on Punk History
Because punk music managed to develop a rich history in a relatively short period of time, there are many books devoted to the topic. Here are a few recommendations.
A Profile of Riot Fest
Riot Fest was founded in 2005, when festival creator Mike Riot simply thought it would be a good idea to create a Chicago punk festival that brought some of his favorite bands to town for a weekend-long show. In subsequent years, it has become one of the nation's biggest punk weekends.
Review: Plan 9 - 'Manmade Monster'
You probably won't ever hear Danzig with the Misfits again, so 'Manmade Monsters' by Plan 9 might be the next best thing.
Going Uke Punk
So, you've decided to join the uke revolution. What's next?
Review: GBH - 'Perfume and Piss'
For almost 30 years, Charged GBH has been creating and defining the street punk sound. Perfume and Piss shows that GBH is still going.
One Frome the Vaults: Schlong - Punk Side Story
Before American Idiot, Schlong took on Broadway with Punk Side Story.
Siouxsie and the Banshees, Goth Punk Pioneers
Part of the first wave of British Punk, Siouxsie and the Banshees, also went on to pave the way for the new wave and goth bands that would come later.
My Mother Wears Combat Boots
With My Mother Wears Combat Boots, Citizen Fish's Jessica Mills has truly created a parenting guide for the rest of us.
Mest
A profile of Mest and its frontman Tony Lovato, the band identified as the victims of the alleged FSU extortion case.
Review: The Dead Betties - The Way We Live Now
On The Way We Live Now, The Dead Betties emerge from a several year hiatus with renewed energy and hefty blasts of noisy art punk, as well as a Madonna cover.
The Harley Flanagan Case
A breakdown of the Harley Flanagan case, with a timeline as events transpire.
11 bands added to the Vans Warped Tour
11 bands added to the Vans Warped Tour
The Buzzcocks, Founders of Pop Punk
Green Day would never have existed without the Buzzcocks. The invented the pop punk sound that many of today's popular punk bands utilize.
Blood or Whiskey Profile - A Biography of Blood...
A profile and biography of Blood or Whiskey, the Celtic Irish punk band from Leixlip, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland.
Death - Spiritual Mental Physical
Not to be confused with the death metal band, Detroit proto punks Death were an African American band composed of three brothers who were doing it alongside the Stooges and MC5.
The Clash - The Only Band That Ever Mattered
Formed: London, 1976 Original Lineup: Joe Strummer - guitar, vocals Mick Jones - guitar, vocals Paul
Mix Tape Tuesday, Volume 4: L.A.'s Punk Pioneers
Although it got less attention than the scene in New York, the California punk scene of the late '70s and early '80s, specifically in L.A., was creating punk music that would be as influential and good as its East Coast cohorts. Here are 10 early songs you should know by heart.
Valient Thorr - Legend Of The World
On Legend Of The World, the Venusian members of Valient Thorr deliver Southern-styled rock that could have only been created by musicians who are not of this Earth.
Triclops! Cafeteria Brutalia
Triclops! is an ambitious band. Formed by friends from four other bands (The Fleshies, Lower Forty-Eight, Bottles & Skulls and Victim's Family), they have assembled a musical force that is intent on making music that is loud, complex and somewhat disquieting.
Free Punk MP3: Ghoul - "Kids In America"
I think it's a fair guess to say that everyone in the known world is familiar with Kim Wilde's Kids In America. Some of us even remember when it shot up the
Punk: The Whole Story
Depending on what your gauge is, punk's age changes. But if you're gauging it off of the Pistols, Clash and Ramones, it's 30 this month, and here's DK's birthday present.
Review: Trc - the Story so Far
On The Story So Far, UK hardcore outfit TRC mashes thrash, hardcore and hip hop into a mass that bleeds credibility and aggression.
X, The Band That Built Los Angeles
No only was X, an influential band in U.S. punk, X is also considered to be an all-around influential band for music in general.
Interview with James R. Petix and Sarah Babila
For the past four years, producer Sarah Babila and director James R. Petix have been creating a documentary on Detroit's garage rock scene on a budget that hovered somewhere between nil and nonexistent. The feature-length doc begins at an exciting time for Detroit's scene, when some names and bands that had long been local staples were suddenly gaining worldwide attention.
Review - Andrew WK - I Get Wet 10th Anniversary...
On the 10th Anniversary of I Get Wet, Andrew WK returns with a deluxe edition loaded with unreleased material. It's worth buying, unless you got it the first time around.
A Review of the Rock-It Portable Vibration...
The Rock-It Portable Vibration Speaker System is a fun little gadget, provided you don't expect too much from it.
Secondhand Serenade - A Twist in my Story
MySpace darling Jon Vesely is back with another album, fully-fleshed and lusher than a bucket of... some other things that are lush.
An Interview with Pirate Radio DJ Bart...
Pirate Radio DJ Bart Plantenga talks about run-ins with Dutch authorities, and why pirate radio can't happen in the U.S. Page 3.
An Interview with Derek Zanetti (The Homeless...
Derek Zanetti of The Homeless Gospel Choir weighs in on the connections between punk rock and classic protest music.
The Stooges
Despite poor album sales when they were released, The Stooges are now recognized as one of America's most influential punk bands.
Various Artists - We Do 'Em Our Way
A compilations of punk covers from the '70s, We Do 'Em Are Way is anything but significant.
Punk Rock Concept Albums
Green Day may be the most famous punk band to do a concept album with American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, but Green Day was neither the first or the best.
An Interview With Sean Foreman of 3OH!3 (Cont.)
One of the hip-hop acts that made it to Warped Tour this year, Colorado's 3OH!3, a duo consisting of Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte, is an act that is catching on, even in the punk scene. Not afraid to make fun of themselves, 3OH!3 is also not afraid to make the punks dance. Page 2.
Turbogeist - Ancient Secrets
Mick Jagger's son doesn't swagger in his father's shadow with the release of his band Turbogeist's album Ancient Secrets.
The Germs
One of the first punk bands out of L.A., the Germs helped forge the West Coast sound, and members went on to the Go-Go's, Nirvana and Foo Fighters.
924 Gilman Street: A Profile
A profile of the nonprofit. all-ages punk venue at 924 Gilman Street.
Interview Dave Kirchgessner of Mustard Plug
Dave Kirchgessner of Mustard Plug on the state of the ska world in 2007.
An Interview with Kevin Lyman of the Warped Tour
The man behind the Warped Tour takes a few minutes out of his never ending business to chat.
Lydia Lunch and Cypress Grove - A Fistful of...
On A Fistful of Desert Blues, Lydia Lunch and Cypress Grove recreate America's musical history.
MxPx
A biography and profile of MxPx. From Bremerton, Washington, MxPx is a solid pop punk band with Christian ideals.
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Knife Man
On Knife Man, Andrew Jackson Jihad presents the problems with no solutions. And that's OK.
The Revolution on Uke
Is the ukulele the voice of the next punk generation?
As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis pleads not...
As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that he paid an undercover agent $1,000 to kill his wife. Lambesis was
Interview: Paul Raven Of Ministry
Although he's currently with Ministry, Raven's been everywhere. This interview is more a collection of recollections than anything.
The Vandals, Independent Label Superstars
A profile and discography of The Vandals, a punk rock band that has been largely successful despite never having signed to a major label.
A True Example of DIY Fan Connection
Originally active from 1979-1983, the Misfits Fiend Club was an exercise in DIY punk rock that is once again running today.
Epitaph Records, Bad Religion Goes Good
A history and profile of Epitaph Records, the home of Bad Religion, Rancid, The Offspring, NOFX, Pennywise and the Bouncing Souls.
Celtic Punk
A definition of Celtic Punk, and a listing of some Celtic Punk Bands.
An Interview with Greg Attonito of Bouncing...
As Bouncing Souls frontman Greg Attonito has teamed up with his wife to produce music and books for kids. We connected with him to find out more about how the two are connected.
SXSW 2014 - The Punk Bands To Watch
Best known for his work as the bassist for Bauhaus and Love And Rockets, David J Haskins (better known as simply David J) is also a consummate solo musician. Page 4.
The Dresden Dolls - Yes, Virginia
The dynamic duo responsible for inventing the punk cabaret are back, but they've mixed it up a bit.
Goons of Doom - The Story Of Dead Barbie And...
They never intended to be band, but Goons of Doom had so much fun pretending to be a band that they kept with it. It was a good call.
An Interview With Dave Tejas of the Krum Bums
Dave Tejas reflects upon his past 11 years with the Krum Bums.
Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
Following 2004's American Idiot, 21st Century Breakdown will be another punk rock opera that shows the way Green Day is headed.
Descendents
Smart songwriting, emotional lyrics and great hooks helped make the Descendents one of the most influential melodic pop punk bands of all time.
Leningrad Cowboys - Buena Vodka Social Club
At times it makes no sense, but that's never stopped the Leningrad cowboys before.
If You Like The Ramones...
By Chrome Cranks frontman Peter Aaron, If You Like the Ramones is a a solid resource for music fans as well as Ramones fans.
Danzig vs. Only - The battle over merch money
It's one of punk's more memorable emblems, covering everything from shirts to bikinis to lunch boxes. It's the Misfits Skull. And Glenn Danzig wants a
Warped Tour 2014 Update: Emilie Autumn and...
Even though the lineup for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour is all fleshed out, there will still be plenty of late additions and changes as it draws closer to its June
Sleeping with the Band
What can you do to help out touring bands? How about hosting them? Letting a band stay with you can help keep tours on the road.
Review: The Punk Rock Las Vegas Survival Guide
Headed to Las Vegas for the Punk Bowling Fest, or any other time for that matter? Grim frontman Bob Oedy has compiled a useful guide. Read the full review.
An Interview with Chris Boarts Larson of Slug &...
Chris Boarts Larson of Slug & Lettuce on the history of the zine and how it translates to punk parenting.
Rage Against The Machine - 20th Anniversary...
After 20 years, Rage Against The Machine revisits their first record, releasing it with a lot more.
Uh Huh Baby Yeah! named the official BBQ band...
This is an example of a band that's busts it out, pays their dues, and finally sees it pay off. Louisville, KY's Uh Huh Baby Yeah! has been named as the
Psychobilly
A blend of rockabilly, punk rock, sci-fi and horror, psychobilly is one of punk's darker sounds, and more theatrical.
Marc Jacobs may not be guilty of racism, but...
The latest T-shirt from Marc by Marc Jacobs may not prove the designer is guilty of racism, but theft may be another story...
Reel Big Fish - Our Live Album Is Better Than...
Reel Big Fish's latest is a three-disc set that works as both a greatest hits compilation and an excellent live album.
Review - Jim Lindberg - Punk Rock Dad
In Punk Rock Dad, Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg discusses what it means to be in a band and responsible for raising three little girls.
The Tossers Profile - A Brief Biography of the...
A Celtic punk band, the Tossers are known for scathing political rants wrapped in punk rock, as well as for more traditional Irish drinking tunes, accompanied by mandolin, fiddle, tin whistle and banjo
Dropkick Murphys - 'Live on Lansdowne, Boston MA'
The second live album from the Dropkick Murphys, Live on Lansdowne, Boston MA captures the energy of the Dropkick Murphys' legendary St. Patrick's Day performances in Boston.
The Knights of the New Crusade - A Challenge to...
A review of The Knights of the New Crusade's 2006 release.
An Interview with Lisa Fancher of Frontier...
Lisa Fancher of Frontier Records talks about 30 years of Frontier Records, and how she became a punk pioneer.
Oliver Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon says that...
Are mosh pits being banned at the 2013 Vans Warped Tour? They are, according to Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oliver Sykes. Saturday, the BMTH vocalist
An Interview with Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello
This is an interview with Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello. In it, he talks about touring, and the influence behind the Gypsy Punk Revolution.
An Interview With Billy Crooked Of The Vacancies
The Vacancies' frontman Billy Crooked discusses the band, working with Joan Jett, and where he got his nickname.
An Interview with Brody Dalle of the Distillers...
Brody Dahle of the Distillers and Spinnerette talks about the end of the Distillers and the beginning of her new band Spinnerette. Brody Dalle also talks about being a mother.
Rise Against - The Sufferer And The Witness
The latest from Chicago hardcore rockers is a dark, vaguely political look at what's going on in the world around us.
Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie Collective -...
The Road Most Traveled isn't so much a collection of tour stories as a handbook for bands on the road.
Supersuckers - Get The Hell
Get The Hell is unapologetically rocking - the perfect proof that Supersuckers are the greatest rock and roll band in the world.
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