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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 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.
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.
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.
10 Best Hardcore Punk Albums of All Time
Here are 10 albums no self-respecting hardcore fan should be without.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Interview with Todd Wolenski of Baldy...
Todd Wolenski of Baldy Longhair Records explains why he thinks tapes are making a combeack
What is hardcore music?
A brief description of hardcore punk, and the beginnings of the hardcore punk scene.
Best Punk Albums and Artists For Kids
Here's a list of albums for your punk friends who have little ones at home.
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.
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.
The Disconnects ...Are Healthy
On ...Are Healthy, The Disconnects conjure up the era of the Dead Boys and Johnny Thunders.
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.
Post-hardcore and screamo - what are they?
A definition of post-hardcore that does little to define it all.
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.
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.
An Interview With Cyrus Bolooki of New Found...
New Found Glory drummer Cyrus Bolooki discusses the new album, touring and... Lionel Richie?
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 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.
Dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
The dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
An interview with punk rock chef Jamie...
Punk rock chef Jamie Bissonnette dishes up his background in hardcore.
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.
The Members of both Black Flags
With two Black Flag reunions happening at the same time, we take a look at everyone involved.
Punk Band Tour Dates
A listing of links to the tour dates of punk bands currently on tour.
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.
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.
Rancid - Let The Dominoes Fall
With Let the Dominoes Fall, Rancid has released what Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong calls his favorite Rancid album yet.
The Devil Wears Prada - 'The Zombie EP'
On the Zombie EP, The Devil Wears Prada have figured out how to make their sound work.
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.
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.
The Runaways
A profile and brief bio of the all-girl rock band the Runaways, often called the first Riot Grrrl band.
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.
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.
Pop Music? It's All Formualic
If recent reports are to believed, pop music is about formulas, not art.
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.
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.
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.
Riot Grrrl
Riot Grrrl was about politics as much as it was about music.
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.
Rise Against Profile
Chicago hardcore band Rise Against is dark and intense, both musically and politically.
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.
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.
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.
The Clash - The Only Band That Ever Mattered
Formed: London, 1976 Original Lineup: Joe Strummer - guitar, vocals Mick Jones - guitar, vocals Paul
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
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.
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
Review: My Mother Wears Combat Boots - Jessica...
With My Mother Wears Combat Boots, Citizen Fish's Jessica Mills has truly created a parenting guide for the rest of us.
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.
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.
Going Uke Punk
So, you've decided to join the uke revolution. What's next?
The Sultans Of Slander - A NOFX Biography
Blatantly political, blatantly sarcastic, blatantly punk rock... that's NOFX.
Review: The Dead Milkmen - Pretty Music For...
On Pretty Music For Pretty People, the Dead Milkmen make a much more complete return to their early classic sound, while at the same time expanding musically to lush soundscape.
Flogging Molly Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A profile and biography of Flogging Molly, a Celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California.
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.
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.
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 Kevin Lyman of the Warped Tour
The man behind the Warped Tour takes a few minutes out of his never ending business to chat. Page 2.
The Stooges
Despite poor album sales when they were released, The Stooges are now recognized as one of America's most influential punk bands.
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
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.
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.
Mest
A profile of Mest and its frontman Tony Lovato, the band identified as the victims of the alleged FSU extortion case.
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.
The Gutter Punk or Crust Punk Movement
A definition of gutter punks, with a look at their history.
The Dresden Dolls - Yes, Virginia
The dynamic duo responsible for inventing the punk cabaret are back, but they've mixed it up a bit.
Jane's Addiction - The Great Escape Artist
On the Great Escape Artist, Jane's Addiction is unable toreach the levels they've reached on past albums.
Review: brokeNCYDE - Guilty Pleasures
On Guilty Pleasures, crunkcore band brokeNCYDE proves that the worst band in the world can actually get worse.
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.
Paramore Profile - A Biography of Paramore
Newcomers to the punk world, Paramore is pop punk's version of a teenage popstar.
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.
MxPx
A biography and profile of MxPx. From Bremerton, Washington, MxPx is a solid pop punk band with Christian ideals.
Celtic Punk
A definition of Celtic Punk, and a listing of some Celtic Punk Bands.
The Harley Flanagan Case
A breakdown of the Harley Flanagan case, with a timeline as events transpire.
An Interview with Rory Clewlow of Enter Shikari
Enter Shikari guitarist Rory Clewlow on the band's influences and sound.
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.
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.
Queercore
Queercore gave a voice to gender- and sexuality-based punk politics before there was a riot grrrl movement.
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Knife Man
On Knife Man, Andrew Jackson Jihad presents the problems with no solutions. And that's OK.
An Interview with Mike Vallely
Professional skateboarder Mike Vallely discusses touring, his new band and the way skateboarding and punk rock go together.
Cute Lepers - Adventure Time
On Adventure Time, the Cute Lepers pick up where the Briefs left off, taking '77-influenced punk and combining it with new wave.
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.
Elmo is the new Emo
As a generation of punks grew up with Sesame Street, many of them are making their way back.
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.
Review - Dropkick Murphys - Signed And Sealed...
On Signed And Sealed In Blood, the Dropkick Murphys step away from the ambition of their previous concept album to create a Celtic punk record that's all about good songs.
Black Flag announces tour dates
Black Flag has posted a bunch of tour dates for the U.S. and Europe. Note that these dates are the version with Greg Ginn, Ron Reyes, and Gregory Moore,
One Frome the Vaults: Schlong - Punk Side Story
Before American Idiot, Schlong took on Broadway with Punk Side Story.
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.
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
Dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour
All the cities and dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off in Seattle.
Black Flag vs. FLAG
Gregg Ginn has filed suit against his former Black Flag bandmates, and the real victims will be the fans.
Brats On The Beat: Ramones For Kids
Brats On The Beat is a collection of kid-friendly versions of Ramones songs. Performed by real punk musicians, this should be an essential album in any parent's collection.
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
Lydia Lunch and Cypress Grove - A Fistful of...
On A Fistful of Desert Blues, Lydia Lunch and Cypress Grove recreate America's musical history.
The Revolution on Uke
Is the ukulele the voice of the next punk generation?
Anti-Flag Profile
Intense, energetic and fiercely political, Pittsburgh's Anti-Flag works to be a radical political voice for American punk rock.
New Found Glory - 'Not Without A Fight'
The band's first release on Epitaph, Not Without A Fight finds New Found glory heading back to classic pop punk.
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.
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.
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 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.
Devilock
What is a Devilock? A hairstyle invented by current Misfits frontman Jerry Only.
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.
The Misfits Jerry Only on the new Misfits legacy
Misfits frontman Jerry Only talks about where the band is at currently, and what's in store for the Misfits legacy.
Essential Releases From Lookout! Records
With the recent news that Lookout! Records is folding, an historic label is dying. This is its legacy.
Psychobilly
A blend of rockabilly, punk rock, sci-fi and horror, psychobilly is one of punk's darker sounds, and more theatrical.
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.
Warped Tour Announces the 2014 Acoustic...
The folks at Vans have slowed things down today, but that's not saying they're light on additions to the lineup. This week, the tour is announcing the lineup
924 Gilman Street: A Profile
A profile of the nonprofit. all-ages punk venue at 924 Gilman Street.
Descendents
Smart songwriting, emotional lyrics and great hooks helped make the Descendents one of the most influential melodic pop punk bands of all time.
Various Artists - We Do 'Em Our Way
A compilations of punk covers from the '70s, We Do 'Em Are Way is anything but significant.
The Rebirth of the Mix Tape
With the demise of the audio cassette came the demise of the mix tape. Here's how to take it back.
The 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival
An offshoot of Taste of Chaos, which was in itself an offshoot of the Vans Warped Tour, the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival leans more toward the hard rocking side of things.
Streetlight Manifesto - 99 Songs of A Revolution
99 Songs of a Revolution is Streetlight Manifesto's first foray into a cover album, and it shows why some songs should (and shouldn't) be covered by ska bands.
Muse - Live at Rome Olympic Stadium, July 2013
Muse - Live at Rome Olympic Stadium, July 2013 presents a live Muse concert for anyone whose never been lucky to see it - and those who have.
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.
Farfisa - A Definition
A definition and description of the Farfisa organ
An Interview with Kirk Hammett of Metallica
Kirk Hammett of Metallica discusses the making of Guitar Hero Metallica.
An Interview with Danny Duncan of We The Kings
An Interview with Danny Duncan of We The Kings
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.
Stay Together Volume 5 - An Indonesian Hardcore...
On Stay Together Volume 5, an Indonesian hardcore punk compilation, tenzenmen records presents a scene that gets little exposure.
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.
Maximumrocknroll
For over 20 years Maximumrocknroll has been dedicated to exposing its readers to underground punk rock, and serving as a way to connect people with unknown bands.
Review - Shark Week - EP
The DC band Shark Week takes on the big time with a really ambitious name.
Keeping Live Music Alive Despite High Gas Prices
With gas prices rising again, here are some ideas to make sure punk bands are still able to tour. Keep your scene DIY by letting a band crash at your house.
Interview: Sean Mackin of Yellowcard
Sean Mackin of Yellowcard talks about Yellowcard's history and what it's like to be a violinist in a punk rock band.
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.
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.
The Knights of the New Crusade - A Challenge to...
A review of The Knights of the New Crusade's 2006 release.
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: Disgust - Fifteen Years Of Pent Up...
Detroit's hardcore veterans Disgust are back with Fifteen Years Of Pent Up Bullshit, a record that delivers a classic sound with renewed energy.
An Interview With Barb From I Object
Barb, the vocalist from I Object, discusses what it means to be DIY, and what it takes to make a DIY tour.
Against Me!
Against Me! at the 2008 Vans Warped Tour. Page 10.
Flatfoot 56 Live at the Magic Stick, Detroit,...
Flatfoot 56 Live at the Magic Stick, Detroit, October 2, 2008
Flatfoot 56 Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A brief biography of the Chicago Celtic punk band Flatfoot 56.
The Dead Betties - Nightmare Sequence
Just like their New York ancestors Sonic Youth, the Dead Betties take punk rock and noise and make it art.
Underclass UK - Kill the Poor
On Kill The Poor, London's Underclass UK make a blue-collar punk record with liberal glam and metal influences.
Cro-Mags Founder Harley Flanagan Charged with...
Founding Cro-Mags member Harley Flanagan faces charges after a violent incident at a show where current members of the band suffered knife wounds.
NOFX - The Longest EP
The Longest EP from NOFX compiles classic EPs from NOFX, many on CD for the first time.
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 Jessica Mills
Punk parent, musician and writer Jessica Mills expands on the ideas from My Mother Wears Combat Boots
Crunkcore
Crunkcore is the merging of screamo and hip hop. It's also the worst music ever.
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