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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.
What is hardcore music?
A brief description of hardcore punk, and the beginnings of the hardcore punk scene.
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.
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 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 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.
Best Punk Albums and Artists For Kids
Here's a list of albums for your punk friends who have little ones at home.
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.
10 Best Hardcore Punk Albums of All Time
Here are 10 albums no self-respecting hardcore fan should be without.
The 2015 Vans Warped Tour Lineup
Who will be on the 2015 Warped Tour? We have the lineup!
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 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.
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.
Gutter Punk
A definition of gutter punks, with a look at their history.
Riot Grrrl
Riot Grrrl was about politics as much as it was about music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Runaways
A profile and brief bio of the all-girl rock band the Runaways, often called the first Riot Grrrl band.
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.
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.
Post-hardcore and screamo - what are they?
A definition of post-hardcore that does little to define it all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Going Uke Punk
So, you've decided to join the uke revolution. What's next?
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. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Pop Music? It's All Formualic
If recent reports are to believed, pop music is about formulas, not art.
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.
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.
Paramore Profile - A Biography of Paramore
Newcomers to the punk world, Paramore is pop punk's version of a teenage popstar.
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 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 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 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.
Punk Rock Concept Albums, Punk Bands That Made...
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.
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.
Flogging Molly Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A profile and biography of Flogging Molly, a Celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California.
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.
An Interview with Rory Clewlow of Enter Shikari
Enter Shikari guitarist Rory Clewlow on the band's influences and sound.
The Harley Flanagan Case
A breakdown of the Harley Flanagan case, with a timeline as events transpire.
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: 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.
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.
Interview with Punk Rock Chef Jamie Bissonnette
Punk rock chef Jamie Bissonnette dishes up his background in hardcore.
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.
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.
The Members of both Black Flags
With two Black Flag reunions happening at the same time, we take a look at everyone involved.
Dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour
All the cities and dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off in Seattle.
Queercore
Queercore gave a voice to gender- and sexuality-based punk politics before there was a riot grrrl movement.
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.
SXSW 2014 - The Punk Bands to Watch
Take a gander at our list of punk picks from the official lineup for SXSW 2014.
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.
Eddie Spaghetti of the Supersuckers
Supersucker frontman Eddie Spaghetti on the challenges of remaining the greatest rock and roll band in the world, as well as the new album, Get The Hell.
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.
Baghdad's Emo Killings
In Baghdad, punks face further persecution as they are singled out for murder.
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 Punk Highlights of SXSW 2014
There is a certain sound that could have only have been born in the American south. OK, well I guess
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...
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Knife Man
On Knife Man, Andrew Jackson Jihad presents the problems with no solutions. And that's OK.
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.
Various Artists - We Do 'Em Our Way
A compilations of punk covers from the '70s, We Do 'Em Are Way is anything but significant.
Mest
A profile of Mest and its frontman Tony Lovato, the band identified as the victims of the alleged FSU extortion case.
Circle Pit - A Definition
A definition of circle pit. Punk Music.
Review - Lucero: Live From Atlanta
A massive undertaking, Lucero: Live From Atlanta clocks in at over two hours, and owns every minute of it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Stooges
Despite poor album sales when they were released, The Stooges are now recognized as one of America's most influential punk bands.
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.
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.
MxPx
A biography and profile of MxPx. From Bremerton, Washington, MxPx is a solid pop punk band with Christian ideals.
Elmo is the new Emo
As a generation of punks grew up with Sesame Street, many of them are making their way back.
Gaslight Anthem - 'American Slang'
Amaerican Slang may not be as catchy as the '59 Sound, but it's strong and good.
Hosting Bands, Helping Bands On Tour By Letting...
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.
Dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
The dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
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: 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.
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.
Rancid - Let The Dominoes Fall
With Let the Dominoes Fall, Rancid has released what Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong calls his favorite Rancid album yet.
Indonesian Punks Arrested and Sent to...
In the conservative Indonesian state of Aceh, 60 young punks have been arrested and sent to rehabilitation camps.
Black Flag vs. FLAG
Gregg Ginn has filed suit against his former Black Flag bandmates, and the real victims will be the fans.
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.
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.
An Interview With Gabi Hun of Sledgeback
An Interview With Gabi Hun of Sledgeback
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.
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.
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.

Amebix - "No Sanctuary - The Spiderleg...
Crass spawned Amebix, Amebix spawned crust. This is when they did it.
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.
An Evening With Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman
On An Evening With Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman, a talented couple bring out the magic of their live performances.
Review - Jawbreaker - Bivouac
On it's 20th anniversary, Jawbreakers re-release of Bivouac shows how great emo was at one time.
Frenzal Rhomb frontman has tapeworm removed...
Frenzal Rhomb frontman has tapeworm removed from brain.
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.
Supersuckers - Get The Hell
Get The Hell is unapologetically rocking - the perfect proof that Supersuckers are the greatest rock and roll band in the world.
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.
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.
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.
Gypsy Punk - A Definition
A phrase coined by Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz, Gypsy punk has been expanded to include a blend of punk and world music.
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.
Maximumrocknroll
For over 20 years Maximumrocknroll has been dedicated to exposing its readers to underground punk rock, and serving as a way to connect people with unknown bands.
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.
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 Jessica Mills
Punk parent, musician and writer Jessica Mills expands on the ideas from My Mother Wears Combat Boots
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.
The Devil Wears Prada - 'The Zombie EP'
On the Zombie EP, The Devil Wears Prada have figured out how to make their sound work.
The Clash - The Only Band That Ever Mattered
Formed: London, 1976 Original Lineup: Joe Strummer - guitar, vocals Mick Jones - guitar, vocals Paul
Review: Adolsecents/Svetlanas - Hot War
The Adolescents and Svetalanas face off to fight the Cold War, and everybody wins.
Oi! - A definition
Also known as streetpunk, Oi! is the punk music of the working class
Municipal Waste and Toxic Holocaust - Toxic...
On the Toxic Waste split, Municipal Waste and Toxic Holocaust demonstrate why they're the ones to keep thrash alive.
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.
Cokie the Clown and the Tequila Incident
A rundown of NOFX frontman Fat Mike's alter ego Cokie the Clown, and a timeline of the events surrounding his now legendary performance at SXSW 2010.
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 Billy Crooked Of The Vacancies
The Vacancies' frontman Billy Crooked discusses the band, working with Joan Jett, and where he got his nickname. Page 2.
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.
Crunkcore
Crunkcore is the merging of screamo and hip hop. It's also the worst music ever.
An Interview with Alex Kane (Cont.)
Alex Kane gives his side of the dissolution of the Marky Ramone's Blitkrieg lineup and his plans for AntiProduct. Page 3.
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.
Alkaline Trio - Remains
These guys have always been some of the best songwriters around (especially when you're in the mood for bitter, drunken breakup songs, or bitterness in general), and their buzzsaw guitars are distinctive and memorable. Their latest release just confirms it.
Bloodnstuff - Bloodnstuff
Bloodnstuff's sound can only be described as big, but when you find out they're a duo, it just gets bigger...
The Revolution on Uke
Is the ukulele the voice of the next punk generation?
Meat Grinder - A Definition
Meat Grinder - A Definition. Punk Music.
An Interview with Lisa Fancher of Frontier...
Lisa Fancher of Frontier Records talks about 30 years of Frontier Records, and how she became a punk pioneer.
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.
Young Skin - Sticky Pages EP
A side project from a foursome from a bunch of other bands, Young Skin plays serious girl-powered punk.
Less Than Jake Live
Less Than Jake is another Warped Tour band of veterans. I've seen them here more times than I can remember,
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.
Gogol Bordello - The Magic Stick, Detroit,...
A review of Gogol Bordello's Detroit Show.
Review: Less Than Jake - 'Greetings From EP'
In just 15 minutes, Less Than Jake delivers all their sounds.
Cheetah Chrome: A Dead Boy's Tale From the...
Cheetah Chrome was a kid from the projects in Cleveland who made his way to becoming a member of one of the most influential punk bands in the U.S. – the Dead Boys. In Cheetah Chrome: A Dead Boy's Tale From the Front Lines of Punk Rock he documents his career in lurid, sometimes painful detail, and creates a time capsule that captures the heyday of American punk.
The Dresden Dolls - Yes, Virginia
The dynamic duo responsible for inventing the punk cabaret are back, but they've mixed it up a bit.
Brokencyde - 'I'm Not A Fan But The Kids Like...
Call it crunkcore if you want, just don't call Brokencyde's I'm Not A Fan But The Kids Like It! good.
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.
Review: Polysics - 'We Ate The Machine'
Four Japanese musicians express their love affair with Devo with a really catchy release.
An Interview with Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello...
This is page 2 of an interview with Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello. In it, he talks about touring, and the influence behind the Gypsy Punk Revolution.
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.
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.

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