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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Post-hardcore and screamo - what are they?
A definition of post-hardcore that does little to define it all.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Riot Grrrl
Riot Grrrl was about politics as much as it was about music.
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.
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.
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.
Rise Against Profile
Chicago hardcore band Rise Against is dark and intense, both musically and politically.
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.
Punk Band Tour Dates
A listing of links to the tour dates of punk bands currently on 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.
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.
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.
Dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour
All the cities and dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off in Seattle.
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.
The Runaways
A profile and brief bio of the all-girl rock band the Runaways, often called the first Riot Grrrl band.
The Members of both Black Flags
With two Black Flag reunions happening at the same time, we take a look at everyone involved.
Dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
The dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
The Gutter Punk or Crust Punk Movement
A definition of gutter punks, with a look at their history.
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.
Going Uke Punk
So, you've decided to join the uke revolution. What's next?
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 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.
Rancid - Let The Dominoes Fall
With Let the Dominoes Fall, Rancid has released what Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong calls his favorite Rancid album yet.
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.
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.
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.
An Interview With Cyrus Bolooki of New Found...
New Found Glory drummer Cyrus Bolooki discusses the new album, touring and... Lionel Richie?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Devil Wears Prada - 'The Zombie EP'
On the Zombie EP, The Devil Wears Prada have figured out how to make their sound work.
The Clash - The Only Band That Ever Mattered
Formed: London, 1976 Original Lineup: Joe Strummer - guitar, vocals Mick Jones - guitar, vocals Paul
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 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 Todd Wolenski of Baldy...
Todd Wolenski of Baldy Longhair Records explains why he thinks tapes are making a combeack
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.
Paramore Profile - A Biography of Paramore
Newcomers to the punk world, Paramore is pop punk's version of a teenage popstar.
Elmo is the new Emo
As a generation of punks grew up with Sesame Street, many of them are making their way back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Can Save Ferris be saved?
The band members of '90s ska group Save Ferris sue former singer over the definition of a reunion show.
Birds In Row - Collected
One of the biggest secrets in France, Birds In Row are going to be your new favorite hardcore band.
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Knife Man
On Knife Man, Andrew Jackson Jihad presents the problems with no solutions. And that's OK.
The Sultans Of Slander - A NOFX Biography
Blatantly political, blatantly sarcastic, blatantly punk rock... that's NOFX.
The Revolution on Uke
Is the ukulele the voice of the next punk generation?
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.
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: 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.
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.
Mest
A profile of Mest and its frontman Tony Lovato, the band identified as the victims of the alleged FSU extortion case.
Pop Music? It's All Formualic
If recent reports are to believed, pop music is about formulas, not art.
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.
Anti-Flag Profile
Intense, energetic and fiercely political, Pittsburgh's Anti-Flag works to be a radical political voice for American punk rock.
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.
Celtic Punk
A definition of Celtic Punk, and a listing of some Celtic Punk Bands.
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.
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.
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 Stooges
Despite poor album sales when they were released, The Stooges are now recognized as one of America's most influential punk bands.
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
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.
Black Flag vs. FLAG
Gregg Ginn has filed suit against his former Black Flag bandmates, and the real victims will be the fans.
The Harley Flanagan Case
A breakdown of the Harley Flanagan case, with a timeline as events transpire.
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.
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.
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.
The Homeless Gospel Choir - I Used To Be So Young
The Homeless Gospel Choir (Derek Zanetti) is a band/music project that doesn’t shy away from the sound of protest folk, breathing fresh life into it.
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.
MxPx
A biography and profile of MxPx. From Bremerton, Washington, MxPx is a solid pop punk band with Christian ideals.
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.
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
Circle Pit - A Definition
A definition of circle pit. Punk Music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Queercore
Queercore gave a voice to gender- and sexuality-based punk politics before there was a riot grrrl movement.
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.
The Dresden Dolls - Yes, Virginia
The dynamic duo responsible for inventing the punk cabaret are back, but they've mixed it up a bit.
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...
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.
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.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Sing in Japanese
The band follows a formula, but Me First and the Gimme Gimmes prove on their latest, Sing in Japanese, that the formula still works.
An Interview with Kirk Hammett of Metallica
Kirk Hammett of Metallica discusses the making of Guitar Hero Metallica.
Psychobilly
A blend of rockabilly, punk rock, sci-fi and horror, psychobilly is one of punk's darker sounds, and more theatrical.
White Panther Party
Closely affiliated with punk pioneers the MC5, the White Panther Party was a radical group spawned in the '60s.
Patent Pending - Save Each Other, The Whales...
A review of Patent Pending's 2006 release.
An Interview with Danny Duncan of We The Kings
An Interview with Danny Duncan of We The Kings
Essential Releases From Lookout! Records
With the recent news that Lookout! Records is folding, an historic label is dying. This is its legacy.
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
Various Artists - We Do 'Em Our Way
A compilations of punk covers from the '70s, We Do 'Em Are Way is anything but significant.
Would the real Black Flag please stand up?
With two separate Black Flag reunions this summer, we look for the real Black Flag.
What should you take to Warped Tour?
Getting ready for your first Warped Tour and wondering what to take? Check out our guide of Warped Tour essentials!
Koffin Kats - Our Way and the Highway
On Our Way and the Highway, Detroit's Koffin Kats sing psychobilly road songs.
Flatfoot 56 Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A brief biography of the Chicago Celtic punk band Flatfoot 56.
Girl in a Coma
Girl in a Coma Punk Music. Page 6.
Review: brokeNCYDE - Guilty Pleasures
On Guilty Pleasures, crunkcore band brokeNCYDE proves that the worst band in the world can actually get worse.
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.
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.
924 Gilman Street: A Profile
A profile of the nonprofit. all-ages punk venue at 924 Gilman Street.
An interview with Brad Snyder of Need To Know...
Children's Author Brad Snyder on why we need kid's books about punk rock.
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.
Punk Rock Parenting
Tips and insights for punk rock parents.
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
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.
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.
SXSW 2014 - The Punk Bands To Watch
Take a gander at our list of punk picks from the official lineup for SXSW 2014.
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.
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.
An Interview with Clara of the pUKEs
With the ukulele becoming the newest sound of punk, we talk to Clara of the pUKEs, a punk uke outfit that's paving the way.
(hed)p.e. - 'New World Orphans'
Hardcore veterans (hed)p.e. return with their seventh, and most political album yet — the driving 'New World Orphans'.
Farfisa - A Definition
A definition and description of the Farfisa organ
The Best Punk Releases of 2013
On Everybody Loves Sausages, Melvins step out with a compilation of cover tunes. Page 4.
Review: Deal's Gone Bad - Heartbreaks &...
On Heartbreaks & Shadows, Deal's Gone Bad continues with the classic mix of ska, rocksteady, skinhead reggae and soul of their last record. So why don't I love it?
Frenzal Rhomb frontman has tapeworm removed...
Frenzal Rhomb frontman has tapeworm removed from brain.
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
Free Punk EP Download: Against Me! - True Trans
For a limited time, Against Me!'s True Trans acoustic EP is available for free download through the band's official site. You can download it here.
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.
Fishbone - Still Stuck In Your Throat
Fishbone's unique blending of ska, punk, reggae, funk and metal has long made them one of America's most innovative and exciting punk bands. The band's first recording of new material in six years is easily one of the best albums you'll hear this year.
D.I. - On The Western Front
Essential old schoolers D.I. are back, and they still have something to say
Punk Cabaret
A name created by Amanda Palmer to describe the Dresden Dolls, punk cabaret has gone on to encompass a sound that's as much about performance as music.
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