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10 best '70s London punk bands, from Siouxsie And The Banshees to Sex Pistols

As long as there’s been a punk scene, its denizens have argued as to which city invented it — New York or London? Truth be told, it was neither because history’s first proper punk band was the Stooges from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Which would make Detroit punk’s proper birthplace. But if much of the sound […]

From DEVO to Le Tigre and more, these artists defined synth-punk

One of punk rock’s original goals was “the destruction of rock ‘n’ roll.” While that didn’t happen, most early punk musicians were rock fans, in spite of their espoused rhetoric. Hence why most early pogo soundtracks were basically Chuck Berry with a Marshall amp. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But this is hardly […]

Orville Peck has announced dates for the fall Drive Me, Crazy tour

Orville Peck has announced dates for his fall Drive Me, Crazy tour. The country singer with an alternative flair will play over a dozen shows across the United States, starting at Nashville Pride Sept. 18 and ending at Madison Square Garden. There, Peck will open for Harry Styles Oct. 30 and 31. Between those dates, […]

11 singers who helped define the vocal style of punk rock in the ‘90s

The ‘90s: the decade punk went mainstream. First, SoundScan made radio safe for Nirvana and the grunge-ified hordes. Then Green Day and other pop-punk acts moved in and squatted at the top of the Billboard charts. True, it seemed to be finished two years later, only to be reinvigorated at the turn of the century. […]

How punk and reggae united and went "outernational" to rule the world

This past March 5, the French punk label Guerilla Asso quietly slipped a genius album into the marketplace: Rocket To Kingston, credited to Bobby Ramone. The melding of the isolated vocal tracks from nine of Bob Marley’s most deathless classics to edited Ramones backing tracks, it sounds like a joke on paper. The cover even […]

11 LGBTQIA+ punk musicians who changed the genre forever

It stands to reason LGBTQIA+ culture informed, inspired and enmeshed with punk, down to the crossover with the ’70s glam scene that helped spawn it. After all, both worlds were essentially the Island of Misfit Toys, from the Rankin/Bass 1964 holiday special Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: a rebel culture for those whose ideas don’t fit […]

Miley Cyrus credits these artists for paving the way for female rock musicians

Last year, Miley Cyrus truly stepped into the world of rock ‘n’ roll with her new album Plastic Hearts. Now, in a new interview on Rock This with Allison Hagendorf, Cyrus has revealed how rock music has influenced her from a very young age. As well, she shared which artists she credits for paving the […]

Miley Cyrus recruits Joan Jett and Billy Idol for a cover-filled set—watch

Miley Cyrus hasn’t been shy about showing off her love of rock especially around the release of her latest Plastic Hearts. By diving into the genre on her seventh LP, the singer has been having plenty of fun with covers in that realm. On Sunday, Cyrus headlined the TikTok Tailgate outside of Tampa Bay’s Raymond […]

Here’s why Miley Cyrus thinks Cher calling her out was a good thing

It’s been almost a month since Miley Cyrus released her rock-inspired album Plastic Hearts. The LP includes collaborations with Steve Nicks, Dua Lipa, Billy Idol and even Joan Jett. Now, Cyrus has opened up to collaborator Billy Idol about those comments she received from Cher following her infamous 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance. Read more: […]

Here’s why retailers don't have copies of Miley Cyrus’ ‘Plastic Hearts’

On Nov. 27, Miley Cyrus debuted her highly-anticipated rock-inspired album Plastic Hearts. However, it looks like the album’s release had a major hitch over the weekend. Many fans failed to secure a physical copy of the album at local retailers or receive one in the mail. Now, Cyrus has revealed why Plastic Hearts was absent […]

Hear Joan Jett join Miley Cyrus for the punchy rock collab "Bad Karma"

On Nov. 27, Miley Cyrus debuted her new rock-inspired album Plastic Hearts. Amongst the LP’s 15 tracks is her highly-anticipated rock collaboration with the legendary Joan Jett on “Bad Karma.” Jett joins Stevie Nicks, Billy Idol and Dua Lipa who are also featured on the album. Read more: Hear Lights spread holiday cheer with this […]

These collabs on Miley Cyrus' rock album 'Plastic Hearts' may surprise you

Miley Cyrus is gearing up to release her highly-anticipated rock-inspired album Plastic Hearts on Nov. 27. Now, the former Disney star has unveiled the album’s official tracklisting which includes some iconic collaborations that may surprise some of you. Read more: See Palaye Royale’s vampire-filled video for “Tonight Is The Night I Die” Over the past […]

Miley Cyrus’ rock album ‘Plastic Hearts’ has been years in the making

It looks like Miley Cyrus is officially ditching her pop and country roots for her new full-on rock album Plastic Hearts. On Friday, the former Disney star unveiled the cover art for the forthcoming LP that arrives on Nov. 27. Read more: Hear Motionless In White revisit ‘Creatures’ with era-inspired new song Over the past […]

The sleeves of these 25 old-school punk singles are as cool as the music

As recently established here, the 45 RPM record was the greatest medium for punk rock. It’s compact, it’s affordable and brevity’s of essence—distill all of your best moments in three minutes or less. You can also master these seven-inch beauties hot, perfect for loud music. Then you have the picture sleeves. With punk being so […]

Hear Billie Joe Armstrong reimagine this iconic John Lennon protest song

This week, Billie Joe Armstrong has reimagined a legendary song by John Lennon called “Gimme Some Truth.” Released in 1971, Lennon wrote the song in protest of the Vietnam War. Now, the Green Day vocalist is putting his own spin on the song by the late Beatles member that is relevant to the ongoing protests […]

Top 8 videos capturing Britpunk beginnings in all its snarling glory

Britpunk was born out of a movement. However, England no more invented punk rock in 1976 than McDonald’s invented the hamburger. Punk was an idea airborne worldwide across 1975. Local freaks who’d bought Stooges and New York Dolls records formed bands in their image, unaware anyone else shared their disgust with the day’s dominant culture.  […]

YouTube is digitally enhancing old music videos to high definition

Have you ever been searching through old videos on YouTube and thought the quality just isn’t quite what it is now? Well, the company is trying to change that by upgrading a large number of music videos to support high definition. Read More: ‘Scream’ house is throwing a huge party this Halloween for horror fans […]

'Above Ground' mental health charity show features Corey Taylor, more

Dave Navarro and Billy Idol's Billy Morrison have banded together to present a new mental health awareness show called 'Above Ground.' The charity event will benefit the Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation, and will feature special guest performances from Corey Taylor, Courtney Love and more. Read more: Movements, Halflives, more discuss mental health in the music industry […]

14 amazing alternative covers of pop songs you probably haven't heard yet

Covers are great, aren’t they? They give you a chance to hear what is most likely a massive tune, but slightly different; or in the case of this list: with a bit of a rough, rock edge. Granted, there are several—seven, to be precise—Punk Goes Pop volumes that have a nice spattering of classic covers, […]

Punk “didn’t make a dent in the political system,” says Billy Idol

Music icon Billy Idol recently gave an interview to The Big Issue where he discussed the early influence of punk and the shape of music today. In the interview—when asked about his commercial success and if he “betrayed” punk—Idol dismissed the punk movement’s political impact altogether. “Punk had done what it set out to do […]
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