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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.
The 10 Best Love Songs for That Special Punk in...
For Valentine's Day, or any other day of the year, here are 10 punk rock love songs to put together a play list for the one you love.
10 Best Hardcore Punk Albums of All Time
Here are 10 albums no self-respecting hardcore fan should be without.
Beginning at the Beginning: A Timeline of Punk...
Here's a brief timeline outlining some of the most important events in punk music history - the kind that shaped the face of music. Page 1 of 2.
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.
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.
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.
Best Punk Albums and Artists For Kids
Here's a list of albums for your punk friends who have little ones at home.
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.
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.
What is hardcore music?
A brief description of hardcore punk, and the beginnings of the hardcore punk scene.
The Clash - The Only Band That Ever Mattered
Formed: London, 1976 Original Lineup: Joe Strummer - guitar, vocals Mick Jones - guitar, vocals Paul
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.
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.
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.
Post-hardcore and screamo - what are they?
A definition of post-hardcore that does little to define it all.
An interview with Brad Snyder of Need To Know...
Children's Author Brad Snyder on why we need kid's books about punk rock.
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.
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.
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 2015 Vans Warped Tour Lineup
Who will be on the 2015 Warped Tour? We have the lineup!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pop Music? It's All Formualic
If recent reports are to believed, pop music is about formulas, not art.
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.
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.
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.
Rise Against Profile
Chicago hardcore band Rise Against is dark and intense, both musically and politically.
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.
Riot Grrrl
Riot Grrrl was about politics as much as it was about music.
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 2013 Vans Warped Tour
All the cities and dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off in Seattle.
Going Uke Punk
So, you've decided to join the uke revolution. What's next?
Flogging Molly Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A profile and biography of Flogging Molly, a Celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California.
The Members of both Black Flags
With two Black Flag reunions happening at the same time, we take a look at everyone involved.
Rancid - Let The Dominoes Fall
With Let the Dominoes Fall, Rancid has released what Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong calls his favorite Rancid album yet.
Punk Rock Holiday Songs
If you're getting ready to celebrate the holidays, here are 10 punk Christmas and Chanukah songs to make the season bright.
The Ramones
While the Sex Pistols and the Clash were defining British punk, the Ramones were creating the American punk sound in two-minutes bursts.
The Gutter Punk or Crust Punk Movement
A definition of gutter punks, with a look at their history.
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.
The Runaways
A profile and brief bio of the all-girl rock band the Runaways, often called the first Riot Grrrl band.
Everything Went Black - A Profile of Black Flag
Raw, powerful and dark, Black Flag is considered by many to be both the first hardcore punk rock band and one of the most influential punk bands in the states.
Top 10 Punk Rock Albums With A Touch of Horror
Whether you're putting together a soundtrack for a Halloween party or simply listening to music on your way to a horror flick, here are some great recommendations for those of us who like our punk rock with a dash of the horrific.
Dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
The dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
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.
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.
Punk Band Tour Dates
A listing of links to the tour dates of punk bands currently on tour.
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.
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 Sultans Of Slander - A NOFX Biography
Blatantly political, blatantly sarcastic, blatantly punk rock... that's NOFX.
An Interview with Rory Clewlow of Enter Shikari
Enter Shikari guitarist Rory Clewlow on the band's influences and sound.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Knife Man
On Knife Man, Andrew Jackson Jihad presents the problems with no solutions. And that's OK.
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...
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.
Celtic Punk
A definition of Celtic Punk, and a listing of some Celtic Punk Bands.
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.
Queercore
Queercore gave a voice to gender- and sexuality-based punk politics before there was a riot grrrl movement.
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 Best Punk Records of 2014
Here are the records that rocked the punk scene in 2014.
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 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.
A Review: Caffiends - S/T
On their self-titled LP, Orlando's Caffiends hammer out a fast-paced selection of '90s pop punk that sounds easily like it's from the records roster of the era.
Ivy Green
Ivy Greens 1978 self-titled debut serves as proof that Europe's punk scene wasn't confined to the UK.
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
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.
Paramore Profile - A Biography of Paramore
Newcomers to the punk world, Paramore is pop punk's version of a teenage popstar.
Against Me! (Opening for Dropkick Murphys)
As we wind our way toward St. Patrick's Day, we have the photos from two weeks worth of Celtic and Irish punk rock. Page 3.
Dropkick Murphys
As we wind our way toward St. Patrick's Day, we have the photos from two weeks worth of Celtic and Irish punk rock. Page 5.
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.
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.
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.
Review: The Grannies - Ballsier
On Ballsier, Bay-Area crossdressing rockers the Grannies step past the schtick and into the rock.
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.
924 Gilman Street: A Profile
A profile of the nonprofit. all-ages punk venue at 924 Gilman Street.
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: 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 Danny Duncan of We The Kings
An Interview with Danny Duncan of We The Kings
The Revolution on Uke
Is the ukulele the voice of the next punk generation?
Flatfoot 56 Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A brief biography of the Chicago Celtic punk band Flatfoot 56.
Dropkick Murphys Going Out In Style: Live at...
Less than a year after the album's first release, Boston's Dropkick Murphys are back with a bonus edition of Going Out In Style.
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.
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.
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 Stooges
Despite poor album sales when they were released, The Stooges are now recognized as one of America's most influential punk bands.
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.
Michael Essington - 'Last One To Die'
In Last One To Die, Michael Essington spins the story of his life in a way that's one part beat poet, one part punk rock spoken word and three parts tales told by a really good friend over beers way too late on a work night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Adolsecents/Svetlanas - Hot War
The Adolescents and Svetalanas face off to fight the Cold War, and everybody wins.
Nathan Elgin James and FSU
With the arrest of Elgin Nathan James on a federal extortion charge, much of the country is being clued into the existence of FSU, a hardcore punk organization founded by James. As the story unfolds, we're compiling all of the information here.
Rise Against - The Sufferer And The Witness
The latest from Chicago hardcore rockers is a dark, vaguely political look at what's going on in the world around us.
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.
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.
Vinnie Stigma - 'New York Blood'
It's surely not Stigma's best work, but 'New York Blood' is a good nostalgic record for long-time Agnostic Front Fans.
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?
The Harley Flanagan Case
A breakdown of the Harley Flanagan case, with a timeline as events transpire.
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.
Indonesian Punks Arrested and Sent to...
In the conservative Indonesian state of Aceh, 60 young punks have been arrested and sent to rehabilitation camps.
One Frome the Vaults: Schlong - Punk Side Story
Before American Idiot, Schlong took on Broadway with Punk Side Story.
An interview with punk rock chef Jamie...
Punk rock chef Jamie Bissonnette dishes up his background in hardcore.
Kings Of Nuthin' - Over The Counter Culture
The Kings of Nuthin' add saxophones and piano to street punk to create a bizarre but fun blend of punk and swing.
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.
Oi! - A definition
Also known as streetpunk, Oi! is the punk music of the working class
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.
Lydia Lunch and Cypress Grove - A Fistful of...
On A Fistful of Desert Blues, Lydia Lunch and Cypress Grove recreate America's musical history.
An Interview with Todd Wolenski of Baldy...
Todd Wolenski of Baldy Longhair Records explains why he thinks tapes are making a combeack
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.
Elmo is the new Emo
As a generation of punks grew up with Sesame Street, many of them are making their way back.
Psychobilly
A blend of rockabilly, punk rock, sci-fi and horror, psychobilly is one of punk's darker sounds, and more theatrical.
Oliver Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon says that...
Are mosh pits being banned at the 2013 Vans Warped Tour? They are, according to Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oliver Sykes. Saturday, the BMTH vocalist
Books for Punk Rock Parents
As punk rockers become parents, they look for the same tools that everyone else needs. They also look for tools that speak to their needs. Here are some written resources that cater to the punk rock parent.
Free Punk MP3 Download - Punk Goes 8-Bit: Level 1
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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
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.
Queen Bee - Girl On Top
The legendary punk queen is back with a solo album that's just as sexy and hard rocking as she ever has been.
Punks and Caddies...
Now the girls would turn the color of an avocado When he'd drive down the streets in his Eldorado...
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.
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.
Flatfoot 56 Live at the Magic Stick, Detroit,...
Flatfoot 56 Live at the Magic Stick, Detroit, October 2, 2008
Circle Pit - A Definition
A definition of circle pit. Punk Music.
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 Cyrus Bolooki of New Found...
New Found Glory drummer Cyrus Bolooki discusses the new album, touring and... Lionel Richie?
Girl in a Coma
Girl in a coma. Punk Music. Page 5.
An Interview with Derek Zanetti (The Homeless...
Derek Zanetti of The Homeless Gospel Choir weighs in on the connections between punk rock and classic protest music.
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
Newermind, A Tribute Album
On Newermind, A Tribute Album, a wide variety of bands pay tribute to Nirvana's Nevermind.
Toxic Shock Syndrome
Toxic Shock Syndrome. Punk Music. Page 4.
Interview with Norwood Fisher of Fishbone
Fishbone bassist Norwood Fisher talks about the bands current lineup, Annette Funicello, and where he hopes to be in 30 years.
Baghdad's Emo Killings
In Baghdad, punks face further persecution as they are singled out for murder.
Descendents
Smart songwriting, emotional lyrics and great hooks helped make the Descendents one of the most influential melodic pop punk bands of all time.
Kid Liberty - 'Fight With Your Fists'
In the world of pop punk and hardcore, it’s rare to find a band that just cuts through the clutter of all the mediocre music to become something that’s fun, interesting and worthy of repeated listenings. On Fight With Your Fists, Dallas outfit Kid Liberty do exactly that, but not by doing anything new.
Vans Warped Tour Photos
A collection of our favorite Warped Tour memories from recent years.
Would the real Black Flag please stand up?
With two separate Black Flag reunions this summer, we look for the real Black Flag.

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