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The History of Punk Rock
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.
2014 Vans Warped Tour Lineup
The full lineup of the 2014 Vans Warped Tour lineup as its revealed, along with rumors and speculation.
Top 6 Celtic Punk Bands
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.
10 Great Punk Rock Love Songs... With Links to...
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.
Essential Hardcore Albums
Here are 10 albums no self-respecting hardcore fan should be without.
Punk's 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...
In the annals of punk history, there have been events, and then there have been EVENTS. Here's a brief timeline outlining some of the most important events - the kind that would shape the face of music.
Who's Playing 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.
Political Punk Bands
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.
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.
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.
Hardcore Punk
A brief description of hardcore punk, and the beginnings of the hardcore punk scene.
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.
Post-Hardcore - A Definition
A definition of post-hardcore that does little to define it all.
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.
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.
Top 10 Essential Items to Take to the 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. There's a definite list of essentials you'll want to take with you in order to have the most fun.
Straight Edge - A Definition of the Straight...
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 Gutter Punk or Crust Punk Movement
A definition of gutter punks, with a look at their history.
Best Punk Albums and Artists For Kids
Here's a list of albums for your punk friends who have little ones at home.
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.
Riot Grrrl
Riot Grrrl was about politics as much as it was about music.
Can Save Ferris be saved?
The band members of '90s ska group Save Ferris sue former singer over the definition of a reunion show.
Disfiguring yourself for your favorite musician
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.
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 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.
Dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
The dates for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour
Death at a Concert
Nobody goes to a concert expecting tragedy, but over the years, deaths have happened at concerts. Here are some of the worst.
FSU - Friends Stand United
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.
Rancid - Let The Dominoes Fall
With Let the Dominoes Fall, Rancid has released what Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong calls his favorite Rancid album yet.
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 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.
Green Day - The Band That Helped Bring Punk...
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.
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 Runaways
A profile and brief bio of the all-girl rock band the Runaways, often called the first Riot Grrrl band.
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.
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.
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.
Flogging Molly Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A profile and biography of Flogging Molly, a Celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California.
The Harley Flanagan Case
A breakdown of the Harley Flanagan case, with a timeline as events transpire.
Anti-Flag Profile
Intense, energetic and fiercely political, Pittsburgh's Anti-Flag works to be a radical political voice for American punk rock.
The Clash - The Only Band That Ever Mattered
Formed: London, 1976 Original Lineup: Joe Strummer - guitar, vocals Mick Jones - guitar, vocals Paul
Rise Against Profile
Chicago hardcore band Rise Against is dark and intense, both musically and politically.
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.
The Sultans Of Slander - A NOFX Biography
Blatantly political, blatantly sarcastic, blatantly punk rock... that's NOFX.
Punks and Caddies...
There is a longtime love affair between punks and classic Caddies. Here are the biggest fans.
The Stooges
Despite poor album sales when they were released, The Stooges are now recognized as one of America's most influential punk bands.
Punk: The Whole Story
Depending on what your gauge is, punk's age changes. But if you're gauging it off of the Pistols, Clash and Ramones, it's 30 this month, and here's DK's birthday present.
An Interview with Danny Duncan of We The Kings
An Interview with Danny Duncan of We The Kings
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.
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.
An Interview with Kirk Hammett of Metallica
Kirk Hammett of Metallica discusses the making of Guitar Hero Metallica.
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.
Going Uke Punk
So, you've decided to join the uke revolution. What's next?
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.
Pop Music? It's All Formualic
If recent reports are to believed, pop music is about formulas, not art.
Film Review: Punk's Not Dead
More than a historical piece, Punk's Not Dead is an exploration of the ideals of punk rock and what it means to punk.
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.
An interview with punk rock chef Jamie...
Punk rock chef Jamie Bissonnette dishes up his background in hardcore.
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.
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.
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.
Would the real Black Flag please stand up?
With two separate Black Flag reunions this summer, we look for the real Black Flag.
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.
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 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.
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Knife Man
On Knife Man, Andrew Jackson Jihad presents the problems with no solutions. And that's OK.
An Interview with Kevin Lyman
The man behind the Warped Tour takes a few minutes out of his never ending business to chat.
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.
Roger Miret and the Disasters - My Riot
Fronted by the legendary singer from Agnostic Front, Roger Miret and the Disasters latest album is a solid departure from hardcore into simple straghtforward street punk.
Boys Like Girls - Boys Like Girls
Boys Like Girls doesn't reinvent the wheel, they take some else's wheel and roll with it.
An Interview with Michael "Mike Virus" Rothstein
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Queercore
Queercore gave a voice to gender- and sexuality-based punk politics before there was a riot grrrl movement.
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 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.
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.
Black Flag vs. FLAG
Gregg Ginn has filed suit against his former Black Flag bandmates, and the real victims will be the fans.
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.
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.
Mest
A profile of Mest and its frontman Tony Lovato, the band identified as the victims of the alleged FSU extortion case.
An Interview with Rory Clewlow of Enter Shikari
Enter Shikari guitarist Rory Clewlow on the band's influences and sound.
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.
924 Gilman Street: A Profile
A profile of the nonprofit. all-ages punk venue at 924 Gilman Street.
Paramore Profile - A Biography of Paramore
Newcomers to the punk world, Paramore is pop punk's version of a teenage popstar.
One Frome the Vaults: Schlong - Punk Side Story
Before American Idiot, Schlong took on Broadway with Punk Side Story.
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.
Punk Rock Parenting
Tips and insights for punk rock parents.
The Revolution on Uke
Is the ukulele the voice of the next punk generation?
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.
Various Artists - We Do 'Em Our Way
A compilations of punk covers from the '70s, We Do 'Em Are Way is anything but significant.
Celtic Punk
A definition of Celtic Punk, and a listing of some Celtic Punk Bands.
Dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour
All the cities and dates for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off in Seattle.
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.
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.
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 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. Page 2.
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 Danny Duncan of We The Kings...
An Interview with Danny Duncan of We The Kings. Page 2.
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 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.
the Bugs - Live in Paradiso 78-81
The Bugs - proof that early punk rock wasn't reserved for the U.K. and U.S.
Warped Tour BBQ Band
Every year, there is a BBQ band on the Warped Tour
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.
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.
Frank Turner - 'Poetry Of The Deed'
Frank Turner, former singer for Million Dead, went unplugged, and on Poetry of the Deed, Turner has probably made his punkest record yet.
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.
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.
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.
Newermind, A Tribute Album
On Newermind, A Tribute Album, a wide variety of bands pay tribute to Nirvana's Nevermind.
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.
Flatfoot 56 Profile - A Brief Biography of...
A brief biography of the Chicago Celtic punk band Flatfoot 56.
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.
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.
Review: brokeNCYDE - Guilty Pleasures
On Guilty Pleasures, crunkcore band brokeNCYDE proves that the worst band in the world can actually get worse.
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.
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.
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...
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.
White Panther Party
Closely affiliated with punk pioneers the MC5, the White Panther Party was a radical group spawned in the '60s.
An Interview with Mike Vallely
Professional skateboarder Mike Vallely discusses touring, his new band and the way skateboarding and punk rock go together.
Farfisa - A Definition
A definition and description of the Farfisa organ
Essential Releases From Lookout! Records
With the recent news that Lookout! Records is folding, an historic label is dying. This is its legacy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dead Milkmen - The King In Yellow
After more than 15 years, the Philadelphia punk group the Dead Milkmen are back with the King In Yellow.
Blight - Detroit: The Dream Is Dead
The compiled recordings of this Midwestern hardcore noise band were recorded over 20 years ago, but they hold up really well.
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.
An Interview with Chris Boarts Larson of Slug &...
Chris Boarts Larson of Slug & Lettuce on the history of the zine and how it translates to punk parenting.
NOFX - 'Cokie The Clown'
Five leftover tracks that didn't make it to 'Coaster,' 'Cokie the Clown' is in many ways more powerful than the songs that did, a 'Cokie the Clown' offers a rare glimpse into the mind of NOFX's Fat Mike.
Muse - Live at Rome Olympic Stadium, July 2013
Muse - Live at Rome Olympic Stadium, July 2013 presents a live Muse concert for anyone whose never been lucky to see it - and those who have.
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.
Reel Big Fish - Our Live Album Is Better Than...
Reel Big Fish's latest is a three-disc set that works as both a greatest hits compilation and an excellent live album.
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
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.
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.
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.
Fishbone - Still Stuck In Your Throat
Fishbone's unique blending of ska, punk, reggae, funk and metal has long made them one of America's most innovative and exciting punk bands. The band's first recording of new material in six years is easily one of the best albums you'll hear this year.
Review: TRC - Nation
TRC mesh hardcore aggression with gritty hip hop on their full-length release Nation. It's an eye-opening game changer.
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.
Koffin Kats - Our Way and the Highway
On Our Way and the Highway, Detroit's Koffin Kats sing psychobilly road songs.
Flogging Molly Green 17 Tour Photos
Photos from Flogging Molly's 2010 Set in their Annual Green 17 Tour. Page 2.
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.

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