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Musings on Kim Fowley and Edgar Froese

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 01.27.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

These two artists couldn't be any more different, yet each had enormously prolific outputs that have influenced culture directly and indirectly. These two careers that cannot be summed up adequately in short order.

Discussion with Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 12.30.2014 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

Eleven years before the release of Nirvana's juggernaut Nevermind during the apex of glam metal, Sub Pop Records was a fledgling Xerox-and-X-Acto-knife-produced fanzine that championed local music scenes across the country.

I am Punk Rock

Brad Liberti | Posted 12.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Brad Liberti

Now I truly understand, I am 'counterculture' simply because I live my life on my own terms. I am punk rock because I don't let the opinions of others police my interests.

LOCOS REDUX: The Lost LA Years

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 01.24.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Jack Kerouac said in On the Road that "Somebody tipped the American continent like a pinball machine and all the goofballs came rolling to LA in the southwest corner." And that seems pretty accurate. But what about those who were raised here? Are they the children of Kerouac's tilt, or something else entirely?

Punk Meets Piety For Young Muslim Rebels

HuffPost Maghreb | Rebecca Chaouch | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion

First there was a rock-singer imam, then electro-dabkeh (Levantine folk dance) and Mipsters (Muslim hipsters). Now, it's time to take a look at Islami...

Book Review -- NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 by Tony Rettman

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 01.08.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

After reading a good oral history such as NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 by Tony Rettman, it should feel like you have just hung out with a bunch of people you just met and learned a whole lot from.

Still They Rise Against the Machine

Salvatore Bono | Posted 12.22.2014 | Chicago
Salvatore Bono

With their relentless touring schedule, Rise Against show no signs of stopping and prove that like a fine wine, they are getting better with age. I spoke with singer Tim McIlrath about their history, work ethic, new album, and the responsibility a socially aware band has to their audience.

Buzzcocks NYC Punk Extravaganza

Salvatore Bono | Posted 11.07.2014 | New York
Salvatore Bono

On a Saturday night in New York City anything is possible, Hell, that is also any night in the Big Apple! But if you are a punk fan, it didn't get any better than English legends Buzzcocks returning to Manhattan.

WATCH: Brooklyn Band Gives Britney And Madonna Get A Punk-Rock Makeover

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.17.2014 | Gay Voices

Smash hits originally performed by two of the world's most beloved pop divas are getting a surprise makeover courtesy of a Brooklyn-based punk band. ...

The First Hasidic Rock Band

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 10.13.2014 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Dressed as their religion dictates, they set up their own equipment, they had no roadies, and from what I understand they couldn't play from sundown Friday to Saturdays because of the Sabbath.

The Offspring's Smash 20th Year Anniversary Show

Lindsey Best | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment
Lindsey Best

This year The Offspring celebrate 30 years as a band, as well as the 20th year anniversary of their hit album Smash, which, singlehandedly launched them into the craze of MTV and radio play in the '90s.

'There Are Very Few Films That Are Happy And Serious'

Kathleen Massara | Posted 08.23.2014 | Arts
Kathleen Massara

Lukas Moodysson is known for his moving cinematic debut, Fucking Amal (1998), which was retitled Show Me Love in English, and Together (2000). The wri...

We Are the Best! Lukas Moodysson's Love Song to Youth

Tony Bartolone | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

There has never been a movie that has so impeccably captured the feeling of being 13 years old. Frame by frame, Lukas Moodyson immerses his audience in the ocean of naïve rage that pulsates in the hearts of three pubescent punks.

Generation X: What's in the Label?

Christine Henseler | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Christine Henseler

When punk rocker Billy Idol found "Generation X" on one of his mother's book shelves, the title seemed more than appropriate for an emerging band searching for a new identity and a rebellious voice.

Amatus' Broken Compass

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 07.19.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Although her lyrics sometimes fall short of insight, her sultry delivery makes up for the missing poetry, especially heard in the last two tracks "Punk" and "Cherish."

James Chance: A Super Bad Fellow With Swagger

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 07.02.2014 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

You won't ever find James Chance out of his suit, neckwear or pompadour. And what may read a bit antsy on the outside is the opposite on the inside, for James is focused within the realm of his radical energy.

Good Grrrl: Alexis Krauss Plays Nice as Sleigh Bells Spring Into Action

Michael Bialas | Posted 06.29.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Who knows where Krauss and Sleigh Bells will fit into the overall scheme of rock idolatry. Hopefully, this endurance test won't run out of steam.

Listen to Music Like a Teen: A Guide for Grown-Ups

Shira Dicker | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts
Shira Dicker

Remember that uniquely teenage feeling of hearing a song for the first time and knowing it had just changed your life forever? If you are of my vinta...

How I Came Out of the Closet and in to the Streets

Kid Congo | Posted 05.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Kid Congo

The glam rock space aliens turned into monsters. We were the Blank Generation that wanted to scare the hell out of you and shake up the status quo. For the gay kids, that included the homosexual status quo.

Destroy Nate Allen: A Love Story

Melissa Webster | Posted 04.06.2014 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

At some point in your life you'll meet a couple who just so completely gets it right, it permeates throughout all they do. Nate and Tessa Allen of the band Destroy Nate Allen are this couple, and their love story unfolds in the music of their latest album Glow In The Dark.

Does Umbrella Bed Refill or Rehash 2 Tone Ska?

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 03.10.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

It wasn't until the '90s that the third wave of Ska achieved commercial success. This begs the question: Does Umbrella Bed, a 2 tone band from Minneapolis, move Ska into a new wave, perhaps the fourth, or has the sound remained the same?

Peter Tosh Remembered: A Conversation With Niambe McIntosh, a Chat With The Bongos' Richard Barone, Rafael Vigilantics and FSC Exclusives and More

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.26.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"To me, that sort of bravery, and harmony with oneself and with the World, is the true legacy of Peter Tosh."

All Mod Cons!

Dusty Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Dusty Wright

Author Tony Fletcher's excellent new memoir draws from that well in this charming page-turner about his experience in London from 1972 through 1980. So charming is his narrative that I forgot I was reading about his life during his most formative teenage years.

Philip Chevron 1957-2013: Red Roses for Him

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Twenty years ago, Spider Stacy wrote a lyrical, lovely, sort-of-a-love-song, on which he sings lead for The Pogues, called "Tuesday Morning." When I saw the sad news on the morning of October 8 of Philip Chevron's untimely death, I thought of Spider's song.

Punk Feminist Exhibition Is As Great As You Hoped It Would Be

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.04.2014 | Arts

The Riot Grrrl movement exploded in the 1990s, bringing feminist perspectives to the forefront of punk culture. Using zines, music and a general flair...