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Photographer Bob Gruen talks new book and capturing punk’s early days
Photographer Bob Gruen talks new book and capturing punk’s early days
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 some of the most powerful moments in music...
11 re-imagined cover songs that became popular
11 re-imagined cover songs that became popular
One of the best things about music is when artists put their own unique spin on iconic songs. Sometimes they change the song's original genre, swap in new lyrics or reimagine its intent. Modern artists will always cover classic songs, such as twenty one pilots undertaking "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis Presley or Miley Cyrus performing "Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin. But di
Kid Congo Powers is the most outside insider in all of punk rock
Kid Congo Powers is the most outside insider in all of punk rock
Kid Congo Powers has been one of punk rock’s most valuable players since 1979. That was the moment when boho poet/Slash journalist/Blondie fan club president Jeffrey Lee Pierce handed an open-tuned electric guitar to the Ramones fan club president, who’d previously been one of the suburban teenage habitues of influential local DJ Rodney Bingenheimer’s storefront glam palace, the English Disco. Sho
10 Joan Jett-inspired artists who are breaking boundaries just like her
10 Joan Jett-inspired artists who are breaking boundaries just like her
“Joan Jett doesn’t play rock ’n’ roll,” I wrote two years back, reviewing her SXSW showcase for The Austin Chronicle. “She is rock ’n’ roll.” It’s true. The individual born Joan Marie Larkin in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, embodies the music and spirit better than anyone this side of Keith Richards. As Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong put it in Magnolia Pic...
10 covers Paramore could do to hold us over until their next album
10 covers Paramore could do to hold us over until their next album
We’re all anxiously awaiting the release of Paramore’s next album, but the band have warned us not to get too ready just yet. On the bright side, Hayley Williams hasn’t left us wanting in the solo department. Recently, she had a fan release her newest broody track “My Limb,” followed up by her second solo album, Flowers For Vases/descansos, all shortly after Williams’ haunting cover of “Teardrop”
Miley Cyrus recruits Joan Jett and Billy Idol for a cover-filled set—watch
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 James Stadium ahead of Super Bowl LV. With a 20-...
Here’s what Dallon Weekes of iDKHOW considers his favorite 1981 tracks
Here’s what Dallon Weekes of iDKHOW considers his favorite 1981 tracks
Super-duo iDKHOW pride themselves on their influences, and there’s one in particular that fans of ’80s classics may be familiar with. Men At Work’s “Who Can It Be Now?”—the iconic track with an even more iconic saxophone lick—actually inspired Alternative Press’ digital cover stars Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman to give sax solos a try of their own. The result: Razzmatazz’s October single, “Ligh...
10 artists who love performing covers as much as their own songs
10 artists who love performing covers as much as their own songs
While we’ll never complain about hearing live music ever again, there’s something special about getting to watch an artist you love cover a song by another musician. Whether it's during a concert or impromptu at a karaoke bar, some of our favorite artists have proven over the years that they’re never afraid to belt out a cover on a whim.  Some have done it...
These 15 punk albums of 1987 brought more noise and power than ever
These 15 punk albums of 1987 brought more noise and power than ever
Welcome to the best punk albums of 1987. But first, some context. Feb. 20, 1987: An attack by a domestic terrorist called "the Unabomber" plants a bomb in a Salt Lake City computer store. The owner is injured. March 4: President Ronald Reagan owns up to what was swiftly called the Iran-Contra Affair in a nationally televised address...

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