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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'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.
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.
The 10 Best Love Songs for That Special Punk in...
For Valentine's Day, or any other day of the year, here are 10 punk rock love songs to put together a play list for the one you love.
Beginning at the Beginning: A Timeline of Punk...
Here's a brief timeline outlining some of the most important events in punk music history - the kind that shaped the face of music. Page 1 of 2.
The Subgenres of Punk Rock
Following its beginnings, punk rock quickly split into a multitude of subgenres. Each would have a strong following and distinctive sound.
10 Best Hardcore Punk Albums of All Time
Here are 10 albums no self-respecting hardcore fan should be without.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Toxic Shock Syndrome
Girl In A Coma wsg Toxic Shock Syndrome. Page 3.
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.
What is hardcore music?
A brief description of hardcore punk, and the beginnings of the hardcore punk scene.
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.
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.
Girl in a Coma
Girl in a Coma Punk Music. Page 6.
Post-hardcore and screamo - what are they?
A definition of post-hardcore that does little to define it all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rise Against Profile
Chicago hardcore band Rise Against is dark and intense, both musically and politically.
Pop Music? It's All Formualic
If recent reports are to believed, pop music is about formulas, not art.
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.
The Members of both Black Flags
With two Black Flag reunions happening at the same time, we take a look at everyone involved.
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.
An interview with Brad Snyder of Need To Know...
Children's Author Brad Snyder on why we need kid's books about punk rock.
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.
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.
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.
Flogging Molly Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A profile and biography of Flogging Molly, a Celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California.
Rancid - Let The Dominoes Fall
With Let the Dominoes Fall, Rancid has released what Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong calls his favorite Rancid album yet.
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.
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.
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.
Going Uke Punk
So, you've decided to join the uke revolution. What's next?
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.
Anti-Flag Profile
Intense, energetic and fiercely political, Pittsburgh's Anti-Flag works to be a radical political voice for American punk rock.
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.
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.
The Harley Flanagan Case
A breakdown of the Harley Flanagan case, with a timeline as events transpire.
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.
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 2015 Vans Warped Tour Lineup
Who will be on the 2015 Warped Tour? We have the lineup!
The Runaways
A profile and brief bio of the all-girl rock band the Runaways, often called the first Riot Grrrl band.
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.
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 Rory Clewlow of Enter Shikari
Enter Shikari guitarist Rory Clewlow on the band's influences and sound.
The Gutter Punk or Crust Punk Movement
A definition of gutter punks, with a look at their history.
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...
The Clash - The Only Band That Ever Mattered
Formed: London, 1976 Original Lineup: Joe Strummer - guitar, vocals Mick Jones - guitar, vocals Paul
Dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour
All the cities and dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off in Seattle.
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.
Dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
The dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
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.
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
Shonen Knife - Osaka Ramones
Shonen Knife celebrates 30 years with a tribute to the Ramones.
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 Michael "Mike Virus" Rothstein
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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.
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.
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.
The Revolution on Uke
Is the ukulele the voice of the next punk generation?
Queercore
Queercore gave a voice to gender- and sexuality-based punk politics before there was a riot grrrl movement.
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.
Flatfoot 56 Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A brief biography of the Chicago Celtic punk band Flatfoot 56.
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.
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.
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.
Elmo is the new Emo
As a generation of punks grew up with Sesame Street, many of them are making their way back.
The Stooges
Despite poor album sales when they were released, The Stooges are now recognized as one of America's most influential punk bands.
The Best Punk Records of 2014
Here are the records that rocked the punk scene in 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One Frome the Vaults: Schlong - Punk Side Story
Before American Idiot, Schlong took on Broadway with Punk Side Story.
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.
Review - No Room For Rockstars
On No Room For Rockstars, filmmakers traveled with the 2010 Vans Warped Tour, focusing on four bands to tell the story of the long-running festival.
An interview with punk rock chef Jamie...
Punk rock chef Jamie Bissonnette dishes up his background in hardcore.
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.
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 Tom Gabel of Against Me!
Tom Gabel of Against Me! on White Crosses, growing up and being a teenage anarchist.
Paramore Profile - A Biography of Paramore
Newcomers to the punk world, Paramore is pop punk's version of a teenage popstar.
Would the real Black Flag please stand up?
With two separate Black Flag reunions this summer, we look for the real Black Flag.
An Interview With Cyrus Bolooki of New Found...
New Found Glory drummer Cyrus Bolooki discusses the new album, touring and... Lionel Richie?
An Interview With Paul Raven of Ministry (Cont.)
Although he's currently with Ministry, Raven's been everywhere. This interview is more a collection of recollections than anything. Page 2.
Punk Band Tour Dates
A listing of links to the tour dates of punk bands currently on tour.
Set Your Goals - Mutiny!
The full-length debut from Set Your Goals, Mutiny! is a solid collection of songs combining old school pop punk and hardcore.
The Black Dahlia Murder
A metalcore band from Michigan, the Black Dahlia Murder will be supplying some dark, heavy sounds on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour.
G.G. Elvis and the TCP Band - 'Back From The...
On 'Back From The Dead,' G.G. Elvis and the TCP Band have achieved the unthinkable by making a punk Elvis tribute that is somehow gimmicky without getting overly gimmicky.
Crunkcore
Crunkcore is the merging of screamo and hip hop. It's also the worst music ever.
An Interview with Greg Attonito of Bouncing...
As Bouncing Souls frontman Greg Attonito has teamed up with his wife to produce music and books for kids. We connected with him to find out more about how the two are connected.
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 Sultans Of Slander - A NOFX Biography
Blatantly political, blatantly sarcastic, blatantly punk rock... that's NOFX.
Mest
A profile of Mest and its frontman Tony Lovato, the band identified as the victims of the alleged FSU extortion case.
Review: TRC - Nation
TRC mesh hardcore aggression with gritty hip hop on their full-length release Nation. It's an eye-opening game changer.
An Interview With Dave Tejas of the Krum Bums
Dave Tejas reflects upon his past 11 years with the Krum Bums.
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.
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.
Bloodnstuff - Bloodnstuff
Bloodnstuff's sound can only be described as big, but when you find out they're a duo, it just gets bigger...
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.
Black Veil Brides - Set the World on Fire
On Set the World on Fire, Black Veil Brides deliver an album that's musically proficient and utterly unmemorable.
SXSW 2014 - The Punk Bands To Watch
Take a gander at our list of punk picks from the official lineup for SXSW 2014.
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.
Review: The Grannies - Ballsier
On Ballsier, Bay-Area crossdressing rockers the Grannies step past the schtick and into the rock.
My First Time: A Collection Of First Punk Show...
My First Time: A Collection Of First Punk Show Stories is simply what the title implies...
Valient Thorr - Legend Of The World
On Legend Of The World, the Venusian members of Valient Thorr deliver Southern-styled rock that could have only been created by musicians who are not of this Earth.
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.
Review: Rise Against - 'Appeal To Reason'
Following 2006’s widely successful release, 'The Sufferer & The Witness', Rise Against has released 'Appeal To Reason', a record that proves the band is not content to rest on the laurels of the sound and following they’ve developed.
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.
Indonesian Punks Arrested and Sent to...
In the conservative Indonesian state of Aceh, 60 young punks have been arrested and sent to rehabilitation camps.
Birds In Row - Collected
One of the biggest secrets in France, Birds In Row are going to be your new favorite hardcore band.
MxPx
A biography and profile of MxPx. From Bremerton, Washington, MxPx is a solid pop punk band with Christian ideals.
Descendents
Smart songwriting, emotional lyrics and great hooks helped make the Descendents one of the most influential melodic pop punk bands of all time.
An Interview With Rob and Chris Kirkham of the...
Rob and Chris Kirkham of the Vincent Black Shadow have a lot to say about a lot of things, and they are all over the place as they do it.
Various Artists - We Do 'Em Our Way
A compilations of punk covers from the '70s, We Do 'Em Are Way is anything but significant.
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.
Rage Against The Machine - 20th Anniversary...
After 20 years, Rage Against The Machine revisits their first record, releasing it with a lot more.
Review: brokeNCYDE - Guilty Pleasures
On Guilty Pleasures, crunkcore band brokeNCYDE proves that the worst band in the world can actually get worse.
White Panther Party
Closely affiliated with punk pioneers the MC5, the White Panther Party was a radical group spawned in the '60s.
Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life,...
Mark Spitz has created a book on the band that is in-depth and interesting, with minimal amounts of the fluff that would appeal to Green Day's teenage fans. In doing so, he has created a book that will appeal to many fans of punk in general, even those who don't like what the band has become today.
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.
Fan Denied Access to a Vaccines Show for Not...
Evidently, you should do your homework before going to a show in Wales, as one showgoer found when he was denied entrance because the couldn't repeat Vaccines trivia.
Girl In A Coma - 'Trio B.C.'
On 'Trio B.C.,' Girl in a Coma have proven that they can evolve, making Trio B.C. an even better record than 'Both Before I'm Gone', Girl in A Coma's first release.
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.
Review: Crazy & The Brains - Let Me Go
On Let Me Go, Crazy & The Brains create a strange world of xylophone-fueled punk.
The News Stories in Punk Rock that Caught our...
Here are the punk rock stories that caught our attentions this year.
Punk CD, Record and DVD Release Dates
A list of release dates for upcoming punk rock new releases.
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.
Squirrel Nut Zippers
No matter where you're at, nothing evokes a hot southern night like a swinging set from NC's Squirrel Nut Zippers. Page 4.
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.
Krum Bums - Cut The Noose
Just like it's taken 11 years to produce Cut the Noose, it's taken 11 years to produce the Krum Bums as they are.
Review - Salad Days by Charles Romalotti
Now in its 10th anniversary printing, Salad Days is a cult classic story of the American punk and hardcore scenes.
Towers Of London - Blood Sweat & Towers
By mashing hard rock with punk, the Towers of London have created one of the best albums this year.
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.
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.

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