The Used's self-titled debut at 20: an oral history

This week marks 20 years since the release of the Used’s self-titled debut album. To celebrate, singer Bert McCracken, bassist Jeph Howard, producer John Feldmann, and other key players tell the story of the emotional opus that inspired a generation of fans and bands.

The 15 best punk albums of 2002, from Sleater-Kinney to the Used

The most notable aspect of punk rock in 2002 was the mainstream ascension of garage for the first time since the ‘60s. But all those albums by the Strokes, the White Stripes and the Hives that went mega this year were all recorded and released in 2002. Which explains their inclusion on this list, rather […]

DED's School Of Thought is changing the face of metal for the better

DED’s School Of Thought is out now. Frontman Joe Cotela speaks on the album’s creation and touring in a post-COVID-19 world.

Avril Lavigne announces UK and Europe tour for 2022

Avril Lavigne has announced that she will be touring Europe next year. Lavigne was initially slated for a European run in support of her 2019 album Head Above Water, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to delay the dates. Read more: WILLOW, Avril Lavigne and KennyHoopla team up for “G R O W” video In an […]

How ska paved the way for punk... and took over the world along the way

“We’re the Interrupters! We’re from Los Angeles, California!” the young guitarist announces over a fanfare, as the camera pulls back and reveals a four-piece band, plus a singer, and a crush of throbbing humanity in a tiny space. “And this first song is a protest song, but it’s also a unity song. Because there’s no […]

MxPx release new song "Say Yes" featuring Kalie Wolfe of RIVALS–watch

MxPx have released their latest single “Say Yes” featuring Kalie Wolfe of RIVALS. The new track is available now for streaming on Spotify and other DSPs. Ahead of the release, both MxPx’s Mike Herrera and Wolfe issued special messages to Alternative Press readers, inviting them to check out the new track. Herrera expressed his gratitude […]

MxPx release "Secret Weapon" ahead of their next livestream—watch

MxPx have returned with a new video for their song “Secret Weapon.” The visual dropped in advance of the group’s latest entry into the “Between This World And The Next” concert series. Returning Friday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. PDT, “Between This World And The Next” sees the band get back to their fan-favorite livestream […]

MxPx are playing a free interactive livestream—here’s how to watch

MxPx are back with their latest livestream event “Between This World And The Next.” The free performance is available to watch April 16 at 6:30 p.m. PST via the Alternative Press Facebook page. The group are also back with their latest single, “Can’t Keep Waiting,” which premiered April 16. The song speaks to the emotions […]

40 new artists you need to hear in April

Everyone loves to jam out to their favorite artists and classic hits, but let’s not forget about all the fresh talent constantly popping up around the world. From pop and indie to punk and post-hardcore, there’s always a new name in music waiting to be heard.  We know there’s a lot of faces to sift […]

10 bands that ultimately morphed into the ones we know today

We know how to exhaust the discographies of our favorite bands, going back to their early foundations. But how often do we follow their journeys back to where they really started? Prior to achieving career success, many now-iconic artists started somewhere else entirely. Often, we’re so removed from these preceding outfits that we don’t even […]

16 pop-punk albums from 2001 that you still know front to back

The year is 2001. The middle school bus stops by your house in 10 minutes as you hastily smudge on frosted lip gloss, grab your tattoo choker necklace and add an extra gem to your jeans’ bedazzled pocket. Trucker hats and studded belts are all the rage. In some ways, times are simpler.  Pop punk […]

10 pop-punk bands from the '90s who are still influencing the genre

There’s no denying that the ’90s set the foundation for pop punk as we know it. For over 20 years, many of the genre’s early pioneers have served as a source of inspiration for emerging outfits. A select handful, however, have assumed the responsibility to actively progress the scene themselves. The mainstream alternative surge may have fizzled […]

10 things you never noticed about your favorite emo songs

A fundamental part of being an emo kid is not letting any aspects of music be unknown. That’s why we memorize song lyrics in their entirety and play them backward just in case. But that doesn’t mean that more subtle elements can’t sneak by us from time to time. After all, with so many hits to obsess over […]

Here’s how a classic Forever The Sickest Kids song inspired girlfriends' "Jessica"

When Travis Mills and Nick Gross were putting the final touches on their pop-punk project girlfriends’ debut this year, they realized it was missing something. It needed one more uptempo track. And they needed a girl’s name in the title, almost like Forever The Sickest Kids or other bands Mills’ grew up on. That conversation […]

Here's why 'Never Look Back' feels like a classic Goldfinger album

The mighty Goldfinger released their ninth studio album, Never Look Back, the band’s first full-length in three years. The LP runs for a constantly moving 33 minutes, and its 12 energetic songs totally encapsulate the renowned Goldfinger sound that you know and love in the brightest and most succinct manner possible. The record also marks […]

10 alternative Christmas covers for people who hate the holidays

Are there any arguments more divisive than the appropriateness of Christmas music during any given time or place? Sure, there’s the whole “pineapple on pizza” debate, but does that really get your blood boiling like being assaulted with holiday merriment? There are a number of reasons why anyone might be ill-disposed toward seasonal jingles. Maybe […]

We finally know when Goldfinger's new album 'Never Look Back' is arriving

Last month, Goldfinger surprised fans with their first new piece of music in three years called “Wallflower.” Now, Goldfinger have finally revealed with their highly-anticipated new album Never Look Back is arriving. Read more: Did this My Chemical Romance fan just uncover what inspired the G note? In October, Goldfinger dropped their first new piece […]

These 15 punk albums from 1989 ended the ’80s loudly

Welcome to Alternative Press’ 15 best punk albums of 1989. It’s easy to look at the final year of the decade and see it as transitional. But there are portents of the future all over this list. Yet, truth be told, haven’t we seen that with all these lists? As we’ve worked on this series, […]

Here's how Ice Nine Kills' Spencer Charnas became a horror fan

When APTV Director Bobby Makar asked Spencer Charnas what his favorite scary movie is, he wasn’t setting up a bloodbath. Indeed, the Ice Nine Kills singer is a die-hard enthusiast of scary movies of all kinds. Horror films, splatter reels, you name it. If it bleeds, it feeds Charnas’ imagination to run wild in his […]

QUIZ: Can you name the original artist behind these popular cover songs?

One thing is for sure: Punk and rock artists know how to make amazing covers. Take the many volumes of Punk Goes… (including Punk Goes Christmas and Punk Goes Classic Rock) as an example.  Even Brendon Urie loves to play covers such as Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in Panic! […]
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