11 alt icons of TV and film that shaped a generation of emos

Musicians shift our sense of style and culture, but so do fictional characters. From Ramona Flowers (Scott Pilgrim) to Janis Ian (Mean Girls), check out our picks.

How Pale Waves created a pop-punk throwback with new album Unwanted

On Unwanted, Pale Waves lean into alternative and pop punk influences. Ahead of the release, Heather Baron-Gracie breaks down what went into their third record.

Meet Christopher Hiett, the eccentric skateboarder blurring the lines between different generations

For Christopher Hiett, skateboarding is rooted in individuality. Hiett discusses how he’s blurring the lines between new and old generations.

How the Boulet Brothers, Venus Envy and more are breaking the boundaries of drag

Smeared lipstick, vivaciously spiked hair, large pleather boots — drag and alternative culture are not so dissimilar, the two having danced hand in hand over the decades, basking in one another’s great glory. Drag and punk share the same ethos, after all: stamping out hate, doing it yourself and pushing the boundaries of what society […]

Fousheé on songwriting: “If something feels too normal, then something is wrong”

Fousheé has been writing music since childhood, but her path to stardom has been unexpected. After appearing on The Voice in 2018, she made 250 song samples for the online music platform Splice, which allows musicians to purchase and use samples royalty-free. One of Fousheé’s samples was used in Sleepy Hallow’s “Deep End Freestyle,” which […]

Mary Wyatt London is the alternative fashion brand hailed by Kittie and Courtney Love

Nicola Mary Wyatt is the head of her own fashion empire, a tattoo artist and a loving mother, just to name a few of her many roles. If we tried to list them all, we’d be here all day, but know there’s little she can’t do. She’s the name you’ve probably seen on Instagram but […]

Music photographer Lisa Johnson on shooting Nirvana, Linkin Park and more

Each month, Alternative Press Gallery explores the work of photographers, directors and other creatives who help shape the music world from behind the scenes. With each issue, we explore the stories behind the shoots and take deep dives into the most compelling media, asking about the vision as well as the happy accidents that create […]

beabadoobee says her next album sounds like 2006—interview

beabadoobee has built a career and dedicated fanbase through her artistic transparency and humble nature. Despite amassing billions of streams and selling out tours across the globe, the U.K.-based artist has never let success get to her head. For beabadoobee, she writes music as a form of therapy. Music has always been the coping mechanism […]

Maggie Lindemann discusses her new album and working with Chase Atlantic

It can be daunting to present your real and raw self to a modern, chronically online world where anyone can publicly comment on anything. It’s even harder when, while doing this in the public eye, you appear to be changing from the person you were once known as by the world. When the planet was […]

Look back at some of the best Alternative Press covers in honor of issue 400

Four hundred issues after the very first book to carry our name ran off the printers back in 1985, we look back on 36 years of our favorite-ever AP covers, the stories they told and the secrets behind their creation. You can pick up an issue here, starring twenty one pilots. Read more: In issue […]

The Warning announce first headline tour in America following EP release

Monterrey, Mexico rock band the Warning are set to travel across the U.S. on their debut headline tour. The trio will visit over two dozen different cities in 2022 on the MAYDAY tour, named after their recent EP. Read more: Motionless In White, Ice Nine Kills, Black Veil Brides announce tour The band worked with […]

Spiritbox, KennyHoopla, DED and more share Spotify Wrapped results

Beloved annual music retrospective Spotify Wrapped is here. Each year, Spotify offers users a chance to revisit their favorite songs and most embarrassing guilty pleasures, pulling together your most-played songs, artists and podcasts. This year’s Wrapped goes even further. Wrapped Blend allows you to compare your Wrapped with your friends’ own top streams. There is […]

Halsey, Rob Zombie, Deftones & more nominated for GRAMMY Awards

Award season is upon us, finally unveiling the nominees for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. The window for nomination ran from Sept. 1, 2020 through Sept. 20, 2021, with many of the nominations emerging last year. In the realm of rock, metal and alternative, artists from AC/DC and Foo Fighters to Halsey and St. Vincent […]

Pandora releases 10 Alternative Artists To Watch 2022 playlist

Pandora has announced its collection of Artists To Watch 2022. The platform also revealed a playlist specifically focused on alternative music. The Alternative Artists To Watch 2022 playlist highlights a number of artists to keep an eye out for in the coming year, including half•alive, MUNA, phem, Snail Mail and Remi Wolf. They are joined […]

Måneskin make history with Best Rock Act win at MTV Europe Music Awards

This year’s MTV Europe Music Awards hosted some of today’s biggest names in music. Among those in attendance was Italian rock band Måneskin, who were nominees in multiple categories. The four-piece took home the award for Best Rock Act. While it was exciting to see the band receiving recognition, the news had an even deeper […]

Jared Anthony taps Blue October and Evan Stanley for "Over My Head"—watch

Jared Anthony has released his new single “Over My Head.” Now, Alternative Press is bringing you the premiere. “Over My Head” features Blue October and Evan Stanley, son of KISS icon Paul Stanley. Read more: Bishop Briggs and Sueco are using their platforms to empower people Anthony’s single is a low-key alt track, set over […]

DED's 'School Of Thought' calls for self-reflection and healthy living

DED have released their second full-length, School Of Thought, available via Suretone Records. The 11-track release from AltPress October 2021 cover stars follows the band’s 2017 debut album, Mis•an•thrope, which first introduced them to the alternative scene. Read more: The Aubreys, DED, Bishop Briggs & Sueco make AP October cover debuts From the evocative vocals on […]

Afterlife's Tyler Levenson embraced vulnerability to make 'Part Of Me'

The first time this writer saw Afterlife perform in 2018, the band’s energy erupted against the small club walls that worked their hardest to confine them. With only a few singles out ahead of their debut release, it was indisputable that the group were willing to put in a relentless effort to become industry giants […]

iann dior and Måneskin are making alternative music for a global age

In one sense, the word alternative captures a sound, just as a style or genre has a unique musical character. Used in this way, the term can call to mind a specific era or maybe that specific band that first helped us feel like we had our own distinct corner of the world. In another […]

Badflower and blackbear defy musical expectations in issue 397

Over the last several years, music genres have become more and more muddied by artist experimentation, fusing sounds on the opposite end of the spectrum and releasing collabs that span across the board. Gone are the days of searching for music based on its classification: pop punk, hip-hop, emo, rock. It hardly matters anymore. Instead, […]
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