It's only February and ALREADY there is a huge stack of cool records coming out! 2018 is just packed to gills with exciting new releases from all over the punk spectrum - hardcore, art-rock, indie-punk, avant-garde, weird stuff- it's all there baby! To that end, we've put together a list of cool records that are being released in 2018 (or that will hopefully be released in 2018) that we think you should check out. See that below. As always, this is not "the best new records of 2018" or anything. If you think something is cool, please add it to the list in the comment section, too!Read more
It’s beginning to be that time of year again — the countdown to Punk Rock Bowling! Like every year the festival has a majorly stacked line up full of great veteran bands and up-and-comers. The 2018 line up has a very special set of long-running bands that the staff think you should not miss if you are going to the festival, so we listed some of our favorites out for you. Be sure to add your picks in the comment section below.
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Well, our two and a half year journey has led right up to this moment! This Friday, Punknews is absolutely thrilled to be releasing for the first time ever, the long lost album recorded by The Flames in 1980!
You can read the whole story right here, but the short of it is that editor John Gentile found a cool looking promo record in the discount bin at Jupiter Records in Wilmington, Delaware. He took it home and gave it a spin- and the album was a really, really cool pastiche of rock, power-pop, punk, and new wave that dealt with some really heavy topics like marital breakdown, depression, fighting for your art in the commercial world, and having resolve to make it through. The album was recorded in 1980, but because lead vocalist Michael J. Richards was having a tough time during recording, he gave up on the project and moved away without ever releasing the album.
Now, 37 years later, we are so pumped to be releasing this gem for the first time ever, along with two bonus cassette rehearsals and 10 tracks that Michael recorded for himself from 2009-2013. It's also remastered by Bob Vielma (Shinobu) with Michael's approval. The album is out Friday and you can buy it right here!. You can also hear the whole lp and all the bonus tracks below, right now!Read more
One of the cool things about Punk rock Bowling is that they always bring out a fair share of the cool, new bands. But, they also always are sure to pay respect to the legends. An this year, we are getting a set from THE legend himself, Iggy Pop! To that end, we've put together a list of cool long-running bands that we think you should see at Punk Rock Bowling. By all means, add your picks in the comment section below!Read more
Well, Winter is receding while Spring is advancing and that means Punk Rock Bowling is right around the corner, baby! (Pssst… we're sponsors!) And no doubt, there are A LOT of punk rock heroes playing- the main man himself Iggy Pop!, Bad Religion, Cocksparrer, Buzzcocks, NoFX, The Specials and a lot more. BUT, there are also a TON of really, really cool new, up and coming bands playing the fest. To that end, we've highlighted just some of the cool new and new-ish bands playing PRB. Check out our selections and feel free to add your own picks in the comment section, below!Read more
Black Flag week is rolling along now! For today's feature, we asked a bunch of artists about how Black Flag affected them… for better or for worse… We talked to Jack Terricloth, Ara from the Slackers, Jarrett of Screaming Females, 50% of Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Chris from Crazy and the Brains, and a whole bunch more! Check out what a lot of really cool musicians had to say about those four bars below!Read more
At the start of every year, we like to do a post on the cool new bands just getting started. But, near the year's end, we like to counter that article with a list of legends that are still doing their legendary thang. Perhaps moreso than other genres, punk is a genre where long running bands can release some of the best, if not the very best, albums of their career. For proof of that, you need look no further than 2016 where A LOT of punk heroes straight up released some killer, killer records.
So, check out our list of 16 (or so) bands that have been around for 25 years or more, that are still playing live, that released a record this year. As always, this isn't intended as "the objectively best punk veterans of 2016." It's just a list of long-running bands that we think are cool. By all means, post your picks below.Read more
Your bags are probably packed by now, because we're only a few days away from Fest 15. While we always encourage you to take time out of your busy schedule to catch those under the radar acts that deserve your support, the truth is there are bands you've seen before, and will see again, that you just can't miss. With that in mind, the Punknews staff has curated a list of veteran acts that are worth a slot on your Fest schedule. Fest 15 kicks off this Friday, October 28, and runs through October 30. You can still pick up passes here.Read more
It's that time of year again. Fest 15 is right around the corner, and that means it's time for us to start helping you get ready to make the most of the best weekend of the year. We're kicking it off the way we usually do, by highlighting some of the lesser-known acts you can't afford to miss. If you've been living under a rock for the past few months, Fest 15 takes place Oct. 28-30, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. You can find details on tickets, the full lineup, schedules and more here.Read more
We said it last year, but we're saying it again this year: There are A LOT of cool, new bands just hitting the scene. And more than that, there are a lot of cool band that are diverse from one another. It seems that the punk scene is getting wild and wacky again, and we are very, very excited.
To that end, we've put together a list of 16 cool new bands (or so… math ain't punx) that you should check out this year. As always, this isn't a definitive "16 best punk bands of 2016," it's just a bunch of bands that the Punknews crew thinks are cool. By all means, post your picks in the comment section below!Read more
Punk Rock Bowling (we're sponsors!) is right around the corner and there are A LOT of Punk Rock Champions playing… FLAG, Descendents, The Dwarves, Buzzcocks, Cock Sparrer, Subhumans, and more… whoa. BUT, there are also a TON of cool up and coming bands blastin' down the door, too. Check out our list of young bands to check out at this year's PRB below!Read more
As we've already established, there are lots of cool lesser appreciated bands playing FEST this year. But, you know what? Sometimes, you just want to see pros doing what the pros do: kick ass, fast and furious, well oiled, perfected sets. Well, as usual, FEST 14 has its fair share of returning heroes playing the festival for their second, third, fourth, or even fifth time.
So, to that end, we've put together a list of 14 (or so) Fest veterans that you should check out this year. By all means, put your top picks in the comments below!Read more
There are literally 400 bands playing Fest this year. Yes, you read that right. No one can keep up with that many jams. With that many bands, the big names, the heavy hitters, the shining stars tend to get most of the spotlight.
So, to make sure that you don't miss out on some of the great up-and-comers, the Punknews writers put together a list of 14 under the radar bands to check out at Fest 14. See the list below, and by all means, add your top picks in the comment section.Read more
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.
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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.
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