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Punk Music: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
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 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.
What is hardcore music?
A brief description of hardcore punk, and the beginnings of the hardcore punk scene.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Best Hardcore Punk Albums of All Time
Here are 10 albums no self-respecting hardcore fan should be without.
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.
Best Punk Albums and Artists For Kids
Here's a list of albums for your punk friends who have little ones at home.
Riot Grrrl
Riot Grrrl was about politics as much as it was about music.
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.
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.
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.
An interview with Brad Snyder of Need To Know...
Children's Author Brad Snyder on why we need kid's books about punk rock.
The 2015 Vans Warped Tour Lineup
Who will be on the 2015 Warped Tour? We have the lineup!
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.
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.
Post-hardcore and screamo - what are they?
A definition of post-hardcore that does little to define it all.
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.
The Gutter Punk or Crust Punk Movement
A definition of gutter punks, with a look at their history.
Pop Music? It's All Formualic
If recent reports are to believed, pop music is about formulas, not art.
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.
Rise Against Profile
Chicago hardcore band Rise Against is dark and intense, both musically and politically.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Runaways
A profile and brief bio of the all-girl rock band the Runaways, often called the first Riot Grrrl band.
Rancid - Let The Dominoes Fall
With Let the Dominoes Fall, Rancid has released what Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong calls his favorite Rancid album yet.
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 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.
Why Elsa is Disney's First Punk Princess
In Disney's Frozen, the studio has created yet another first - Elsa, their first punk princess, in spirit if not sound.
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.
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.
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.
Flogging Molly Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A profile and biography of Flogging Molly, a Celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California.
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.
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.
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 Members of both Black Flags
With two Black Flag reunions happening at the same time, we take a look at everyone involved.
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: 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.
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 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 Rory Clewlow of Enter Shikari
Enter Shikari guitarist Rory Clewlow on the band's influences and sound.
Review - La Melancolia de Don Quixote - Puta...
On Puta Indiferencia, Panamanian punks La Melancolía de Don Quixote prove that hardcore isn't restricted by the boundaries of language.
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.
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.
3OH!3 - An Interview With Sean Foreman
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 Ramones
While the Sex Pistols and the Clash were defining British punk, the Ramones were creating the American punk sound in two-minutes bursts.
Review: Max Tannone - Mic Check 1234!
On his 2012 release, Mic Check 1234!, Max Tannone takes his mashups to the punks. Read the review and download it for free.
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.
Anti-Flag Profile
Intense, energetic and fiercely political, Pittsburgh's Anti-Flag works to be a radical political voice for American punk rock.
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 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
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.
Review: Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone
In Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone, Marky Ramone takes us on a trip through the rise and demise of the influential band.
SXSW 2014 - The Punk Bands To Watch
Take a gander at our list of punk picks from the official lineup for SXSW 2014.
The Harley Flanagan Case
A breakdown of the Harley Flanagan case, with a timeline as events transpire.
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: 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.
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Knife Man
On Knife Man, Andrew Jackson Jihad presents the problems with no solutions. And that's OK.
The Clash - The Only Band That Ever Mattered
Formed: London, 1976 Original Lineup: Joe Strummer - guitar, vocals Mick Jones - guitar, vocals Paul
Review: Death - N.E.W.
On N.E.W., Detroit's Death brings out some new material that sounds like a record from the punk history we never knew.
The Stooges
Despite poor album sales when they were released, The Stooges are now recognized as one of America's most influential punk bands.
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.
Paramore Profile - A Biography of Paramore
Newcomers to the punk world, Paramore is pop punk's version of a teenage popstar.
The Feelings Mutual - "The Feelings Mutual EP"
Although it's only five songs long, the debut EP from The Feelings Mutual shows a wide range.
Review - Sideshow Tragedy - Capital
A gritty combination of punk energy and dirty blues, Austin's Sideshow Tragedy paint a bleak but powerful picture on their latest release, Capital.
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.
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...
Punks and Caddies...
There is a longtime love affair between punks and classic Caddies. Here are the biggest fans.
Lion of Judah - Universal Peace
Knowing that Lion Of Judah makes DC Hardcore and draws heavily from their predecessors does nothing to prepare you for this record; it's anything but predictable.
The Best Punk Releases of 2013
TRC has once again made my best of list with Nation, a gritty combo of hardcore and hip hop.
Queercore gave a voice to gender- and sexuality-based punk politics before there was a riot grrrl movement.
Interview with Punk Rock Chef Jamie Bissonnette
Punk rock chef Jamie Bissonnette dishes up his background in hardcore.
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.
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.
Warped Tour 2013 Artists - Mighty Mongo
Mighty Mongo is the latest in a proud tradition of Warped Tour party bands.
Review: The Grannies - Ballsier
On Ballsier, Bay-Area crossdressing rockers the Grannies step past the schtick and into the rock.
Various Artists - We Do 'Em Our Way
A compilations of punk covers from the '70s, We Do 'Em Are Way is anything but significant.
GoldBlade - Punk Rockers in the Dancehall
By compiling all of their anthems on one album, these UK punks have created an album that's a definite winner in my book.
Dash Rip Rock - Hee Haw Hell

What happens when Dante's Inferno gets moonshine spilled all over it, and is then set on fire? Hee Haw Hell, the latest from Dash Rip Rock.

The Best Punk Records of 2014
Here are the records that rocked the punk scene in 2014.
The Revolution on Uke
Is the ukulele the voice of the next punk generation?
Dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
The dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
Flatfoot 56 Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A brief biography of the Chicago Celtic punk band Flatfoot 56.
Kalliope Jones - The Schoolgirls with Class
Meet Kalliope Jones, the band that responded to sexist remarks from a battle of the bands judge with style and grace, despite their being kids.
Dropkick Murphys - The Meanest of Times
The Meanest of Times finds the Dropkick Murphys on top of their musical game. So why don't I like it?
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.
Dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour
All the cities and dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off in Seattle.
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.
Review: Nice Hooves - Nice Hooves
It's raw, aggressive and melodious, which is why my daughter loves the self-titled album by Nice Hooves.
Celtic Punk
A definition of Celtic Punk, and a listing of some Celtic Punk Bands.
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.
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.
Anti-Flag - For Blood And Empire
Anti-Flag's latest release is both their most aggressive and they're most musically diverse album to date.
Berserker 2015 - Lineup and free sampler download
Now in its second year, Detroit's Berserker Fest is once again shaping up to be one of the Motor City's heaviest exports.
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.
Farfisa - A Definition
A definition and description of the Farfisa organ
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.
An Interview With Cyrus Bolooki of New Found...
New Found Glory drummer Cyrus Bolooki discusses the new album, touring and... Lionel Richie?
Bayside - Covers - Volume 1
On Covers Volume 1, Bayside brings forth a collection of unlikely influences.
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.
Flogging Molly Green 17 Tour Photos
Photos from Flogging Molly's 2010 Set in their Annual Green 17 Tour
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.
Circle Pit - A Definition
A definition of circle pit. Punk Music.
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.
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 - Lucero: Live From Atlanta
A massive undertaking, Lucero: Live From Atlanta clocks in at over two hours, and owns every minute of it.
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.
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.
Review: Adolsecents/Svetlanas - Hot War
The Adolescents and Svetalanas face off to fight the Cold War, and everybody wins.
Koffin Kats - Born Of The Motor
On Born of the Motor, Detroit's psychobilly greats Koffin Kats celebrate their love of their hometown.
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.
Interview: Kenny Vasoli of The Starting Line
With a new album on Virgin Records and a slot on this summer's Warped Tour, The Starting Line are picking up speed fast. The Starting Line' frontman, Kenny Vasoli, lets us know just how things are going.
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.
Best Practices - EP LP
On the EP LP, Best Practices deliver one of the best records of the year, in just 12 minutes.
Punk 365 - Holly George-Warren
Punk 365 is a hefty little volume that does well to document punk through photos.
The Sultans Of Slander - A NOFX Biography
Blatantly political, blatantly sarcastic, blatantly punk rock... that's NOFX.
A profile of Mest and its frontman Tony Lovato, the band identified as the victims of the alleged FSU extortion case.
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.
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.
An Interview with Mike Vallely
Professional skateboarder Mike Vallely discusses touring, his new band and the way skateboarding and punk rock go together.
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.
The Squirrel Nut Zippers Live
No matter where you're at, nothing evokes a hot southern night like a swinging set from NC's Squirrel Nut Zippers.
Chuck Ragan - Covering Ground
On Covering Ground, former Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan continues to reinvent himself as a folk-punk troubadour.
Vans Warped Tour Photos
A collection of our favorite Warped Tour memories from recent years.
Baghdad's Emo Killings
In Baghdad, punks face further persecution as they are singled out for murder.
Indonesian Punks Arrested and Sent to...
In the conservative Indonesian state of Aceh, 60 young punks have been arrested and sent to rehabilitation camps.
Review: Dead Men Walking - Easy Piracy
While Supergroup may be a loaded term, Dead Men Walking qualify for the name, and Easy Piracy is proof of that.
An Interview with Mike Park
Asian Man Records founder/musician Mike Parkon fatherhood and his new children's album Smile.
Vice Squad - Defiant
While Vice Squad's current incarnation may only have one original member, it doesn't preven them from playing great punk rock.
Review: brokeNCYDE - Guilty Pleasures
On Guilty Pleasures, crunkcore band brokeNCYDE proves that the worst band in the world can actually get worse.
Punk Band Tour Dates
A listing of links to the tour dates of punk bands currently on tour.
Birds In Row - Collected
One of the biggest secrets in France, Birds In Row are going to be your new favorite hardcore band.
The Living End Live
The notorious punk and rockabilly band from Ausralia, The Living End has been going strong for well over a decade, and they just continue to get tighter as a band. Check out these exclusive photos by Nicole Lucas from the 2006 Van's Warped Tour.
An Interview With Gene Louis of Bullets And...
In this interview with Gene Louis, the frontman for Bullets And Octane, he talks about touring and the meaning behind the new album.
Smart songwriting, emotional lyrics and great hooks helped make the Descendents one of the most influential melodic pop punk bands of all time.
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.
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.
Burning Image - 'Fantasma'
A solidly influential death rock band from California, Burning Image has been out of the loop for over 20 years. Fantasma changes this. With Fantasma, Burning Image brings their dark sound back to the light.

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