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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 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.
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.
10 Best Hardcore Punk Albums of All Time
Here are 10 albums no self-respecting hardcore fan should be without.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Riot Grrrl
Riot Grrrl was about politics as much as it was about music.
Rancid - Let The Dominoes Fall
With Let the Dominoes Fall, Rancid has released what Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong calls his favorite Rancid album yet.
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 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.
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 Band Tour Dates
A listing of links to the tour dates of punk bands currently on tour.
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.
The Runaways
A profile and brief bio of the all-girl rock band the Runaways, often called the first Riot Grrrl band.
An Interview With Cyrus Bolooki of New Found...
New Found Glory drummer Cyrus Bolooki discusses the new album, touring and... Lionel Richie?
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.
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.
Rise Against Profile
Chicago hardcore band Rise Against is dark and intense, both musically and politically.
Should you get band tattoo?
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.
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 Gutter Punk or Crust Punk Movement
A definition of gutter punks, with a look at their history.
Flogging Molly Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A profile and biography of Flogging Molly, a Celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Sultans Of Slander - A NOFX Biography
Blatantly political, blatantly sarcastic, blatantly punk rock... that's NOFX.
My Mother Wears Combat Boots
With My Mother Wears Combat Boots, Citizen Fish's Jessica Mills has truly created a parenting guide for the rest of us.
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.
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.
Dropkick Murphys Profile - A Brief Bio of the...
Following in the footsteps of the Pogues, the Dropkick Murphys take traditional Irish music and mix it up with punk, Oi! and hardcore.
The 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 Members of both Black Flags
With two Black Flag reunions happening at the same time, we take a look at everyone involved.
An Interview with Rory Clewlow of Enter Shikari
Enter Shikari guitarist Rory Clewlow on the band's influences and sound.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pop Music? It's All Formualic
If recent reports are to believed, pop music is about formulas, not art.
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 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.
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.
The Harley Flanagan Case
A breakdown of the Harley Flanagan case, with a timeline as events transpire.
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.
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.
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.
The Dresden Dolls - Yes, Virginia
The dynamic duo responsible for inventing the punk cabaret are back, but they've mixed it up a bit.
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.
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.
Lydia Lunch and Cypress Grove - A Fistful of...
On A Fistful of Desert Blues, Lydia Lunch and Cypress Grove recreate America's musical history.
Going Uke Punk
So, you've decided to join the uke revolution. What's next?
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.
Review - Lucero: Live From Atlanta
A massive undertaking, Lucero: Live From Atlanta clocks in at over two hours, and owns every minute of it.
Would the real Black Flag please stand up?
With two separate Black Flag reunions this summer, we look for the real Black Flag.
Paramore Profile - A Biography of Paramore
Newcomers to the punk world, Paramore is pop punk's version of a teenage popstar.
Mest
A profile of Mest and its frontman Tony Lovato, the band identified as the victims of the alleged FSU extortion case.
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.
Crazy & The Brains - Let Me Go
On Let Me Go, Crazy & The Brains create a strange world of xylophone-fueled punk.
The Clash - The Only Band That Ever Mattered
Formed: London, 1976 Original Lineup: Joe Strummer - guitar, vocals Mick Jones - guitar, vocals Paul
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.
Bloodnstuff - Bloodnstuff
Bloodnstuff's sound can only be described as big, but when you find out they're a duo, it just gets bigger...
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.
A Review of the Rock-It Portable Vibration...
The Rock-It Portable Vibration Speaker System is a fun little gadget, provided you don't expect too much from it.
Dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
The dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
A True Example of DIY Fan Connection
Originally active from 1979-1983, the Misfits Fiend Club was an exercise in DIY punk rock that is once again running today.
Punks and Caddies...
Punk has always been anti-establishment and anti-corporate. But that doesn't mean that punks aren't consumers. And in the course of becoming a consumer, one
An interview with punk rock chef Jamie...
Punk rock chef Jamie Bissonnette dishes up his background in hardcore.
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.
Todd Wolenski of Baldy Longhair Records
Todd Wolenski of Baldy Longhair Records explains why he thinks tapes are making a combeack
An Interview with Kevin Lyman
The man behind the Warped Tour takes a few minutes out of his never ending business to chat.
Interview Dave Kirchgessner of Mustard Plug
Dave Kirchgessner of Mustard Plug on the state of the ska world in 2007.
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.
Dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour
All the cities and dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off in Seattle.
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.
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.
Turbogeist - Ancient Secrets
Mick Jagger's son doesn't swagger in his father's shadow with the release of his band Turbogeist's album Ancient Secrets.
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.
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.
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.
One Frome the Vaults: Schlong - Punk Side Story
Before American Idiot, Schlong took on Broadway with Punk Side Story.
Death - Spiritual Mental Physical
Not to be confused with the death metal band, Detroit proto punks Death were an African American band composed of three brothers who were doing it alongside the Stooges and MC5.
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.
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.
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Knife Man
On Knife Man, Andrew Jackson Jihad presents the problems with no solutions. And that's OK.
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.
TV Party - The Documentary
From 1978 to 1982, the public access show TV Party embodied punk rock on television.
Various Artists - We Do 'Em Our Way
A compilations of punk covers from the '70s, We Do 'Em Are Way is anything but significant.
MxPx
A biography and profile of MxPx. From Bremerton, Washington, MxPx is a solid pop punk band with Christian ideals.
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.
X, The Band That Built Los Angeles
No only was X, an influential band in U.S. punk, X is also considered to be an all-around influential band for music in general.
A Profile of Riot Fest
Riot Fest was founded in 2005, when festival creator Mike Riot simply thought it would be a good idea to create a Chicago punk festival that brought some of his favorite bands to town for a weekend-long show. In subsequent years, it has become one of the nation's biggest punk weekends.
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.
Queercore
Queercore gave a voice to gender- and sexuality-based punk politics before there was a riot grrrl movement.
Crunkcore
Crunkcore is the merging of screamo and hip hop. It's also the worst music ever.
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.
SXSW 2014: A Musical Recap
While SXSW 2014 may have been marred by some tragic events, it also remains a wondrous event loaded with more incredible music than you could shake a really big
Circle Pit - A Definition
A definition of circle pit. Punk Music.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie Collective -...
The Road Most Traveled isn't so much a collection of tour stories as a handbook for bands on the road.
Review: The Punk Rock Las Vegas Survival Guide
Grim Frontman Bob Oedy has The Punk Rock Las Vegas Survival Guide, a guide for navigating the Punk Rock Bowling Festival as well as Vegas in general.
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.
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.
Ministry - The Last Sucker
For his 11th and final album, Al Jourgenson has rediscovered what made Ministry great.
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.
The Eat - "It's Not The Eat, It's The Humidity"
Little-known outside of Florida, The Eat were dangerously close to disappearing, until Alternative Tentacles brought them back from the archives.
Glenn Danzig Sues Jerry Only over money for the...
Gelnn Danzig is suing Jerry Only over his share of merchandising, Only says its sour grapes.
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: 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?
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.
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.
An Interview with Michael "Mike Virus" Rothstein
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Punk Rock Parenting
Tips and insights for punk rock parents.
Descendents
Smart songwriting, emotional lyrics and great hooks helped make the Descendents one of the most influential melodic pop punk bands of all time.
D.O.A. - 'Talk - Action = 0'
The Canadian old school is alvive and well, as is evident from D.O.A.'s Talk - Action = 0
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 - 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.
Gaslight Anthem - 'American Slang'
Amaerican Slang may not be as catchy as the '59 Sound, but it's strong and good.
An Interview with Kevin Lyman of The Vans...
The man behind the Warped Tour takes a few minutes out of his never ending business to chat. Page 2.
Review: TRC - Nation
TRC mesh hardcore aggression with gritty hip hop on their full-length release Nation. It's an eye-opening game changer.
The Revolution on Uke
Is the ukulele the voice of the next punk generation?
Bayside - Covers - Volume 1
On Covers Volume 1, Bayside brings forth a collection of unlikely influences.
Essential Releases From Lookout! Records
With the recent news that Lookout! Records is folding, an historic label is dying. This is its legacy.
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...
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.
Patent Pending - Save Each Other, The Whales...
A review of Patent Pending's 2006 release.
Review: Nice Hooves - Nice Hooves
It's raw, aggressive and melodious, which is why my daughter loves the self-titled album by Nice Hooves.
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: Disgust - Fifteen Years Of Pent Up...
Detroit's hardcore veterans Disgust are back with Fifteen Years Of Pent Up Bullshit, a record that delivers a classic sound with renewed energy.
SXSW 2014 - The Punk Bands To Watch
Take a gander at our list of punk picks from the official lineup for SXSW 2014.
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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