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Editors' Picks: 15 punk veterans still kicking out the jams in '15

Posted by johng on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM (EDT)
Image It's been said that punk rock is a young man's game. HOOEY! In fact, now more than ever, there is a legion of old school, punk veterans that are just kicking out the hardiest, wildest, meanest punk rock. And really, most of these guys are making some of the best work of their career. In fact, some of these long-reinging champs are putting the kids to shame!

So, as a response to our 15 cool news bands for 2015 article, we've put together a list of 15 awesome long-running acts that are still touring and that have or will put out a kick-ass record in 2015. As always, this isn't a definitive list of "the 15 best old school punk rockers." These are just heroes that we still admire. By all means, post your favorite perennial punk pioneer below.

Cover image by the marvelous Dave Brockie. RIP

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Editors' Picks: 15 (or so) cool releases coming out in the second half of '15

Posted by johng on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM (EDT)
Image The Summer is here: Sunshine! Cookouts! The Beach! Bikinis! But also with the warm summer months comes a slowdown of record releases, as compared to spring and fall. We know a lot of you out there are craving for the new jams. You want, you need that sweet, sweet new music!

Well, hold on! The second half of 2015 has some absolutely RIPPING releases on the calendar. So we put together a list of 15 (or so) cool releases that we are excited about for 2015's second half. This isn't a list of "the objectively best 15 records to be released in the fall" or anything like that. This is just a list of records that the Punknews crew is excited about. By all means, post new records that you are excited about in the comments section below.

Meanwhile, you can click read more for the picks.

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Editors' Picks: Staff Record Store Day Recomendations

Posted by johng on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 6:35 PM (EDT)
Image OOOH YEAAAHHH!!! Record Store Day is tomorrow, and frankly, here at the 'org hovercraft offices we are really excited. This year it seems like there are a lot of really cool releases coming out. We've put together a list of rekkids that we think look tasty. By all means, add your picks in the comment section below. And, as always, if RSD isn't your thing, that's cool. Head on down to the store and pick up any of the thousands of classics already sitting on the shelves just waiting for you to take them home and love them.

Tomorrow is going to be a party. You can see the staff picks for favorite records and favorite record stores below...

PS... ATTN: RECORD FLIPPER SCUM -- You are terrible and should reevaluate your life choices.

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Editors' Picks: 15 bands to check out in '15

Posted by johng on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:00 PM (EST)
Image There's the old cliche: "if you think music was better back in the day, then you're not looking hard enough." But, over the past year or so, for whatever reason, it's hard not to stumble over some incredibly awesome, unique bands. Maybe it's due to the interconnectivity everyone has these days, maybe it's due to the fact that the lines between "indie" and "pop" are more blurred than ever, or maybe we're just in a new golden age of music, but there are just tons of bands about to do some great things.

Because we're so excited about a lot of these cool new bands, we've put together a list of 15 new bands that you should check out in 2015. This isn't intended as a list of the "objectively best 15 bands this year." It's just a bunch of rising bands that the Punknews staff digs. By all means, post your favorite new bands in the comments section below.

You can click Read More for 15 bands we think you should check out in '15.

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Editors' Picks: Dear You

Posted by brian on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 5:00 PM (EST)
Yeah, it might be sort of gimmicky to name your band in such a fashion, but it's not like I wasn't going to check out Dear You after receiving a notification that a band named after a favorite LP of mine were now following me on Twitter. My severe lack of activity on the hotbed social networking site is probably going to disappoint them, but their songs didn't disappoint me. The band's three-song EP, The Night a Forest Grew, bears a really promising, melodic post-hardcore/emo sound that seems to take a dollop of influence and then some from fellow Connecticut growlers Make Do and Mend. They also count on inspiration from acts like Dresden Dolls, the Promise Ring, the Get Up Kids, Latterman and Jimmy Eat World--try to guess which two-to-three of these I hear in there. You can download that brand new EP (and another one from May) over at their Bandcamp page for free.

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Editors' Picks: Residuals

Posted by brian on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 12:30 PM (EDT)
Brian: Hey, remember these? Perhaps we should try to bring them back.

Anyway, Residuals added me on MySpace--remember them, too?--several months back. I think they only had a very rough demo on the page at the time, but the diverse array of influences seemed promising (As Cities Burn, Circa Survive, Verse, Tera Melos, ...Who Calls So Loud), so I accepted the request and then forgot about them for a long time, since, well, MySpace is becoming the red-headed stepchild of social networks.

Cut to yesterday. I came across the band browsing Caravels' page and their name jogged my memory. Since that initial add, the band has posted a very solid four-song demo for free download (you can acquire that here) and posted up two newer songs that are even more impressive. Think Comadre's singer fronting a more pensive and brooding act, with plenty of moody atmospheres and cathartic tension and release. If you listen to one song, let it be their new one, "For Joy." It's on their aforementioned MySpace.

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Editors' Picks: Sainthood Reps / The Republic of Wolves

Posted by brian on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
Brian: With anticipation for Brand New's Daisy continuing to mount (and the release date exactly a month away), I thought today to be appropriate to showcase a couple related projects I've been feeling recently.

One is Long Island duo Sainthood Reps, who just recently debuted some material on their MySpace page. One of the two guys is Derrick Sherman, who acts as third guitarist for Brand New on most tours. If you're into this style of delicately atmospheric and progressive yet rather heady indie rock (sprouting up thanks to fellow acts like Robbers and Prawn), check them out. It's fairly pensive and earnest sounding stuff and seems to have a ton of potential.

The other is another Long Island act, the Republic of Wolves, a new side project of indie-folk pair Tigers on Trains (I think these dudes like animals). Without telling TROW, a friend of the band recently leaked snippets of their demos onto YouTube claiming they were Daisy demos. I don't think the band was too pleased with the stunt, but it certainly fooled a lot of people and garnered them a ton of publicity in the process. So, yeah, they sure sound quite a bit like Brand New, but I'd say their style mostly leans close to those leaked batch of demos from early 2006. There are some moments of brilliant restraint in their songs and I'd love to see where they can take this. Check them out on their MySpace.

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Editors' Picks: Boost

Posted by brian on Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 12:30 PM (EDT)
BoostBrian: I saw these guys open for Bridge and Tunnel at an apartment show a month or two ago and they fit in the lineup well in a weird way, while remaining totally their own band. If you like your "punk" really frantic, really noodly and a bit screamy and desperate -- think early Hot Cross or the more dynamic L'antietam stuff -- Boost is a good way to go. As far as I can tell, the band has thus far released a cassette split with a band called Fine Lines, and a three-song summer tour CD-R. If you like what you hear on their MySpace, feel free to download their brief discography here free of charge. They're seemingly on a brief hiatus until spring 2010 (college kids?), but it would definitely be cool to see where they take this sound next.

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Editors' Picks: Restorations

Posted by brian on Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Brian: Restorations feature three-fifths of gruff, quirky post-hardcore revivalists Jena Berlin. While similarities between the two are present enough to bridge the gap for JB fans, there are plenty of atmospheric flourishes and a wonderful restraint to Restorations' procedure to sensibly warrant them being their own truly unique and self-standing project. You can hear hints of admitted influences like Lucero and the Weakerthans in there, but there's a surprising sparkle in the guitars that reaches far past any home/prarie-land punk acts. I like to think of them as what might've happened if Polar Bear Club took it in another whole direction after their demo release (that just woke mikexdude up from his Sunday nap).

I probably should have featured them a long time ago, but something recently jogged my memory and I noticed they finally had legitimate songs on their MySpace page after a long period of only providing live YouTube videos. They've been active for over a year, but no real demo or release has seemed to surface; here's to hoping they get their asses in gear while JB continues resting.

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Editors' Picks: Greater Visions

Posted by brian on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Brian: I have no idea when Greater Visions formed (late last year?), who they might cite as influences (Fairweather? Polar Bear Club? Stay Gold? Fuck if I know at this point) or if they have ex-members of any other notable bands (they sound too accomplished not to). But they friend-requested me on MySpace a few days ago and are surprisingly pretty fucking good. And you know those random friend requests; they're usually pretty disastrous. If you only listen to one of the two songs on their MySpace page, let it be "My Fight Club"; their vocalist sort of sounds like the dude from Fireworks at first, but the music is arrestingly atmospheric, definitely dynamic and suddenly throws in a few shocking changes before launching into more straightforward, melody-tinged hardcore territory. I can't gauge any information on this band other than the fact that they're looking for a guitarist and may have released an EP earlier this year (I asked if they had a demo or anything available and they decided not to respond). But still, this is really, really promising stuff and I'm curious as to what their deal is.

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Editors' Picks: Disguster

Posted by adam on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
The Punknews Twitter account has become a great way to keep in touch with readers, and it's starting to provide some great feedback from folks who read the site but don't necessarily participate in the usual comment fray. Here's a recommendation that was tweeted our way. Fullerton, California's Disguster plays, fast, rough rock'n'roll in the vein of the New Bomb Turks or the Dragons. The band recently released a split with the ex-Humpers act the Hitchhikers (with whom Disguster shares a drummer) via Zodiak Killer Records and have a gig coming up supporting the Angry Samoans in Anaheim. Check their stuff out over at MySpace.

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