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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Best Punk Albums and Artists For Kids
Here's a list of albums for your punk friends who have little ones at home.
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.
What is hardcore music?
A brief description of hardcore punk, and the beginnings of the hardcore punk scene.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Post-hardcore and screamo - what are they?
A definition of post-hardcore that does little to define it all.
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.
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.
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.
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 Runaways
A profile and brief bio of the all-girl rock band the Runaways, often called the first Riot Grrrl band.
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.
Flogging Molly Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A profile and biography of Flogging Molly, a Celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California.
Going Uke Punk
So, you've decided to join the uke revolution. What's next?
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 Members of both Black Flags
With two Black Flag reunions happening at the same time, we take a look at everyone involved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rancid - Let The Dominoes Fall
With Let the Dominoes Fall, Rancid has released what Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong calls his favorite Rancid album yet.
Riot Grrrl
Riot Grrrl was about politics as much as it was about music.
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.
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.
RIP: David Brockie AKA Oderus Urungus
It's being reported that Gwar founder and frontman David Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus, has died. He was 50. Jack Flanagan, manager of the
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.
Dropkick Murphys donate \$25,000 to fund for...
Following tragic events when a pedestrian was struck by the Dropkick Murphys tour bus, the band donates $25,000 to victim's fund.
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.
Pop Music? It's All Formualic
If recent reports are to believed, pop music is about formulas, not art.
An Interview with Rory Clewlow of Enter Shikari
Enter Shikari guitarist Rory Clewlow on the band's influences and sound.
Dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
The dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
An Interview with Todd Wolenski of Baldy...
Todd Wolenski of Baldy Longhair Records explains why he thinks tapes are making a combeack
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.
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.
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.
Free Punk MP3: Ghoul - "Kids In America"
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The Stooges
Despite poor album sales when they were released, The Stooges are now recognized as one of America's most influential punk bands.
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.
Dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour
All the cities and dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off in Seattle.
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.
The Gutter Punk or Crust Punk Movement
A definition of gutter punks, with a look at their history.
An interview with punk rock chef Jamie...
Punk rock chef Jamie Bissonnette dishes up his background in hardcore.
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Knife Man
On Knife Man, Andrew Jackson Jihad presents the problems with no solutions. And that's OK.
An Interview With Cyrus Bolooki of New Found...
New Found Glory drummer Cyrus Bolooki discusses the new album, touring and... Lionel Richie?
Queercore
Queercore gave a voice to gender- and sexuality-based punk politics before there was a riot grrrl movement.
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.
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
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.
Falling in Reverse and VersaEmerge drop out of...
Falling in Reverse and VersaEmerge drop out of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour
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.
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.
The Revolution on Uke
Is the ukulele the voice of the next punk generation?
Mest
A profile of Mest and its frontman Tony Lovato, the band identified as the victims of the alleged FSU extortion case.
The Sultans Of Slander - A NOFX Biography
Blatantly political, blatantly sarcastic, blatantly punk rock... that's NOFX.
The Harley Flanagan Case
A breakdown of the Harley Flanagan case, with a timeline as events transpire.
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.
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.
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.
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
Paramore Profile - A Biography of Paramore
Newcomers to the punk world, Paramore is pop punk's version of a teenage popstar.
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 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
Can Save Ferris be saved?
The band members of '90s ska group Save Ferris sue former singer over the definition of a reunion show.
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.
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 Misfits - Devils Rain
The current lineup of the Misfits has actually been around longer than the original, but their latest release Devil's Rain holds true to the form of both versions of the band.
Review: Psychostick - Revenge of the Vengeance
Psychostick, the band that has systematically returned humor to thrash, continues their reign of humor with their fourth album Revenge of the Vengeance.
An Interview with Pirate Radio DJ Bart Plantenga
A DJ at pirate radio station Radio Patapoe, Bart Plantenga gives us a glimpse at radio outside the law.
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.
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.
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.
Flatfoot 56 Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A brief biography of the Chicago Celtic punk band Flatfoot 56.
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.
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.
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.
An Interview with Kirk Hammett of Metallica
Kirk Hammett of Metallica discusses the making of Guitar Hero Metallica.
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.
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.
Alkaline Trio - Remains
These guys have always been some of the best songwriters around (especially when you're in the mood for bitter, drunken breakup songs, or bitterness in general), and their buzzsaw guitars are distinctive and memorable. Their latest release just confirms it.
One Frome the Vaults: Schlong - Punk Side Story
Before American Idiot, Schlong took on Broadway with Punk Side Story.
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.
New York Dolls Profile -A Brief Biography of...
Call them proto-punk, call them glam punk or call them punk - the fact remains that the New York Dolls have left an indelible mark on American punk culture.
Review: brokeNCYDE - Guilty Pleasures
On Guilty Pleasures, crunkcore band brokeNCYDE proves that the worst band in the world can actually get worse.
An Interview With JD Wilkes of Th' Legendary...
JD Wilkes of Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers discusses touring Europe, his musical roots, and despite what you may hear, how his music is not evil.
An Interview With Lin Young of Bands Stay Free
Lin Young of Bands Stay Free explains how her organization helps keep live music alive by getting you to sleep with the band.
A List of Punk Bands on Twitter
If you use Twitter to follow your favorite punk bands, here's a resource to help you find even more punk bands on Twitter. And if you're not using Twitter to follow bands, this is a great list of punk bands on Twitter to get you started.
Review: Legendary Wings - Making Paper Roses
On Making Paper Roses, Legendary Wings prove that not only is there a Kalamazoo, but that it's got a pretty decent music scene.
The Slits Bio - A Profile of The Slits
Arguably the first all-girl punk band, The Slits started simply because they thought they should, and music was probably never the same.
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.
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.
Anti-Flag Profile
Intense, energetic and fiercely political, Pittsburgh's Anti-Flag works to be a radical political voice for American punk rock.
MxPx
A biography and profile of MxPx. From Bremerton, Washington, MxPx is a solid pop punk band with Christian ideals.
Gift Ideas For Punk Rock Parents
Got a new baby entering your scene? Here's a list of gift ideas for the punk rock parents.
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.
The Clash - The Only Band That Ever Mattered
Formed: London, 1976 Original Lineup: Joe Strummer - guitar, vocals Mick Jones - guitar, vocals Paul
Warped Tour BBQ Band
Every year, there is a BBQ band on the Warped Tour
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.
Riverboat Gamblers - To The Confusion of Our...
The Riverboat Gamblers are a bunch of Texas punks who may have made the album you'll be listening to all summer.
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.
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - Sinner

Whether you consider her the godmother of punk, the first riot grrl, or simply a great rock and roll musician, the simple fact is that Joan Jett's latest album is solid, fun rock and roll.

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.
Flogging Molly Green 17 Tour Photos
Photos from Flogging Molly's 2010 Set in their Annual Green 17 Tour
An interview with Brad Snyder of Need To Know...
Children's Author Brad Snyder on why we need kid's books about punk rock.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Less Than Jake Live
Less Than Jake is another Warped Tour band of veterans. I've seen them here more times than I can remember,
Review - Gaytheist - 'Stealth Beats'
On Stealth Beats, Portland's Gaytheist delivers up a pile of hardcore-influenced beats that are anything but stealthy.
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...
Peel Sessions
The brainchild of legendary BBC broadcaster John Peel, the Peel Sessions are an essential part of many bands' recording careers.
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.
Glenn Danzig Sues Jerry Only over money for the...
Gelnn Danzig is suing Jerry Only over his share of merchandising, Only says its sour grapes.
Circle Pit - A Definition
A definition of circle pit. Punk Music.
Shonen Knife - Osaka Ramones
Shonen Knife celebrates 30 years with a tribute to the Ramones.
Girl in a Coma
Girl in a coma. Punk Music. Page 5.
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.
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.
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.
Review: Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft...
On Theatre is Evil, Amanda Palmer transcends her role as a punk cabaret singer, becoming a rock and roll frontwoman.
Vaselines - Enter the Vaselines
A lesser-known, yet influential punk band, Glasgow's the Vaselines have a new release of old material on Enter the Vaselines.
Vans Warped Tour Photos
A collection of our favorite Warped Tour memories from recent years.
Free Punk MP3 Download - The Best of Ian...
Free Punk MP3 Download - The Best of Ian Rubbish EP
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.
An Interview With Dave Tejas of the Krum Bums
Dave Tejas reflects upon his past 11 years with the Krum Bums.
Newermind, A Tribute Album
On Newermind, A Tribute Album, a wide variety of bands pay tribute to Nirvana's Nevermind.
Would the real Black Flag please stand up?
With two separate Black Flag reunions this summer, we look for the real Black Flag.
Punk Rock Parenting
Tips and insights for punk rock parents.
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