black lives matter

Meet Clare Ngai, the founder of 2000s-inspired jewelry brand BONBONWHIMS

BONBONWHIMS jewelry blends Y2K aesthetics with whimsical modernity. Founder Clare Ngai discusses its cult following, thanks to Kylie Jenner and Olivia Rodrigo.

7 times rock fought back, from Rage Against The Machine to Pussy Riot

On March 28, Florida lawmakers officially passed their “Don’t Say Gay” Bill. As reported by The Guardian, the bill signed by Florida Gov. Ron Desantis forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten to third grade. The policy has faced heavy scrutiny on a national front. Many argue that it isolates and marginalizes […]

Glam Goth Beauty is transforming alternative beauty standards—here’s how

The landscape of alternative beauty is vastly and rapidly changing. With the rise of #AltTikTok catapulting the umbrella of alternative culture, music and fashion into the mainstream eye, now even the Kardashians can be seen sporting an edgier, “punk”-inspired look.  This popularity is mostly a cause for celebration, opening the floodgates to a whole new […]

Nova Twins share “Cleopatra” ahead of upcoming album ‘Supernova’

Nova Twins have shared a new single called “Cleopatra” from their upcoming album. The record, titled Supernova, is set for release on June 17 via Marshall Music. Read more: Nova Twins announce new album ‘Supernova,’ release video for “K.M.B.” “Cleopatra” was inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests. The song speaks of confidence and social […]

Mel D. Cole on capturing Black Lives Matter protests: “This is bigger than me”

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 […]

Zeal & Ardor: “We revel in the fact that we’re weirdos — it’s our job security”

This isn’t your garage band’s origin story. The musical moniker of Swiss-American Manuel Gagneux, Zeal & Ardor, was founded as an experiment. While living in New York, as an exercise to stay creative, he asked 4chan (the wholly anonymous forums, where anything goes — including conspiracy theorists and unchecked bigotry, a “cesspool,” as Gagneux offers […]

FEVER 333's Jason Aalon Butler believes rock must undergo real change

The year 2020 was encapsulated in misery and doom-scrolling. When 2021 reared its ugly head, FEVER 333 frontman Jason Aalon Butler charged at it with all his might — dangling from ceilings, scaling stage structures and making headlines all the while. Becoming an outspoken figure in alternative music last year during the height of the […]

IDLES drop “When The Lights Come On" video, explain creation of 'Crawler'

In a world where bigotry has grown and isolation from digital screens amplified, IDLES strive to show love and empathy in the most in-your-face way possible. Fresh off their recent release, Crawler, the English quintet have released a music video for “When The Lights Come On.” The visual was co-directed by vocalist Joe Talbot and […]

Nandi Bushell announces new song with Tom Morello to follow US visit

11-year-old musical prodigy Nandi Bushell has announced a new song is coming. This time, it’s a collaboration with Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello and his son, Roman. The viral drummer revealed the news Wednesday on Instagram while recalling her recent vacation in the United States. One of the highlights of the trip included […]

Jahnavi Harrison on WILLOW collab, musical meditation and more

Jahnavi Harrison is a talented musician whose sonic influences span genres. Her recent collaboration with Willow Smith on the 2020 single “Surrender (Krishna Keshava)” and the R I S E EP showcases an all-new side to the kirtan musician and her musical prowess. The co-founder of Kirtan London is a passionate artist who found common […]

Here's how to get free tickets to Anti-Flag's 2021 North American tour

Anti-Flag have announced tour dates for fall 2021. The group will perform in over a dozen North American cities during the run, and tickets are available for purchase here. Ahead of the tour, Alternative Press and Live Nation are partnering to offer an exclusive ticket giveaway. Pairs of tickets will be available in select cities. […]

Timothy Ware-Hill deep-dives into his Netflix project ‘Cops and Robbers’

Artist and filmmaker Timothy Ware-Hill’s Cops And Robbers, an eight-minute, spoken-word, animated film that premiered in December 2020, was a pivotal moment after a devastating year. While globally we all faced the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black community continued to fight a death sentence that doesn’t exist in test tubes or lab experiments and cannot be […]

AltPress Weekly: Eyedress, Syd, boyband, the Velvet Underground and more

Welcome back to AltPress Weekly. It’s hard to believe we’re already at our fourth installment of our weekly roundup, which gathers up everything we want you to check out. Each week, we showcase longtime favorite tracks and brand-new cuts. We also focus on all the things happening at Alternative Press, as well as the latest […]

11 tracks that perfectly encapsulate their entire era of music

Music often leaves a deep mark on its era. Songs become embedded in our consciousness through their ability to perfectly capture a moment. They are burned even deeper into history through stories, newsreels and documentary footage, circulated by word-of-mouth as well as official documentation. For this reason, music gets mixed up somewhere between ourselves and […]

Yves has a mission in life to do something greater with his work

When we think about influence in an age where anyone with access to the internet and a substantial following is dubbed as an “influencer,” I raise the question of what the requirements are on the topic. Influence has the capacity to have an effect on the character, development or behavior of someone or something—or the […]

Taylor Momsen, Amy Lee, Maria Brink & Lzzy Hale discuss labels in music

Before there was Amy Lee, Lzzy Hale, Taylor Momsen and Maria Brink, there was Joan Jett, Patti Smith, Poly Styrene and Kathleen Hanna. Generation after generation, these rock stars and others in their position have dreaded receiving what has become an inevitable label of “female-led,” “female-fronted,” “women in rock” or “female rock.” While all of […]

FEVER 333's Jason Aalon Butler knows the world needs more empathy

It’s no secret that Jason Aalon Butler of FEVER 333 has openly voiced his thoughts on rebellion and democracy. In an exclusive 10 Topics interview with Alternative Press, Butler reveals the product his Gentlemen In Real Life company hasn’t created yet, the music that always makes him cry and more. You can read the full […]

11 rising alternative artists who fine-tuned their sound this past year

Nobody must long for blinding stage lights and sweaty mosh pitters more than musicians. To stand onstage and perform is more than a means for a living. It’s therapy, a chance for artists to bond with a couple dozen or a couple thousand people.  An album plus a tour is the music industry’s most basic […]

Kathleen Hanna's Tees4Togo highlights the space between art and activism

Kathleen Hanna led the charge of the riot grrrl movement and helmed pioneering bands, including Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and the Julie Ruin. Aside from being a trailblazer in the music community, she has also been a formidable political activist for over 30 years, taking a strident public stance against sexism, homophobia, transphobia and white […]

Phoebe Bridgers writes tattoos to raise money for Daunte Wright’s family

On April 11, Minnesota police shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. According to the New York Times, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon stated that Kim Potter, the cop who fired her gun, had mistaken the weapon for a taser. Wright leaves behind his almost 2-year-old son Daunte Jr. and Chyna […]
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