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How Minneapolis’ punk scene foreshadowed alt-rock, grunge and pop punk
How Minneapolis’ punk scene foreshadowed alt-rock, grunge and pop punk
Minneapolis: The state of Minnesota’s most densely populated city. It sits back to back with the state capital, St. Paul, forming what’s known as the Twin Cities. It also gets really freakin’ cold up there. So it naturally produced a huge crop of punk bands at one time, all seemingly falling out of clapped-out Ford Econolines clad in flannel shirts when “grunge” was something you cleaned out of a
Punk legend Bob Mould on unleashing his need to scream with ‘Blue Hearts’
Punk legend Bob Mould on unleashing his need to scream with ‘Blue Hearts’
"Government authorize education/(Don't mean a thing)/They'll teach you what they want you to think/(Don't mean a thing)/Saturation of stars and stripes/(Don't mean a thing)/The only freedom worth fighting for is for what you think/Why bother spending time/Reading up on things/Everybody's an authority/In a free land" Those 11 lines comprise the entire lyric of “In A Free Land,” the second
1998’s top 15 punk albums simultaneously changed and preserved the form
1998’s top 15 punk albums simultaneously changed and preserved the form
Top 15 punk albums of 1998? You’d be forgiven for thinking that there weren’t any in the year the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal dominated the news. A quick perusal of Billboard’s Hot 100 singles of the year sees domination by several R&B (Destiny’s Child, Janet Jackson, Usher, Mariah Carey) or hip-hop (Puff Daddy, Master P, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott) acts. Neo-country artists Shania..
Kid Congo Powers on his new EP and the LGBTQIA+ roots of punk
Kid Congo Powers on his new EP and the LGBTQIA+ roots of punk
Kid Congo Powers, one of avant garage punk’s secret weapons, was interviewed March 9 from his Tucson, Arizona, home that he shares with his husband. On the brink of releasing his amazing new EP with his longtime band the Pink Monkey Birds, Swing From The Sean DeLear, he explained to us in part one what he had been doing during COVID-19 lockdown, how he first played guitar jamming with no-wave hero
11 LGBTQIA+ punk musicians who changed the genre forever
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 in the mainstream, where your fellow outsiders accept you for
15 alternative music stars who got their start working in record stores
15 alternative music stars who got their start working in record stores
Record stores are magical places. A good, well-stocked and curated record shop with a knowledgeable staff can influence tastes, expand horizons and serve as the hub for a local musical community. It can be a community center, a place to meet with your friends, promote your band’s upcoming shows by hanging up flyers, even sell on consignment your homemade 45 with the Xeroxed sleeve and labels you a
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...
These 15 punk albums of 1986 mutated the underground even further
These 15 punk albums of 1986 mutated the underground even further
1986 was the year that speed metal and crossover (metal/core a la Cro-Mags’ The Age Of Quarrel) metastasized across the now-stale hardcore scene. The true sound of mid-’80s punk was the seeds of pop punk. Hüsker Dü were the kings of this, although Descendents really are the square root of every band who eventually played Warped Tour. But if you look at t...
The best punk albums of 1984 were leaner, meaner and so much weirder
The best punk albums of 1984 were leaner, meaner and so much weirder
The Sex Pistols may have cheerfully sang "No future for you" back in 1977. But in the '80s, an entire generation lived in fear that America and Russia would lob nuclear warheads at each other, making for a really MAD time. It's only fitting that as American politics got more conservative, the underground would dig in its heels in protest...

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