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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 […]

Watch Architects perform with a full orchestra from Abbey Road Studios

Post-metalcore giants Architects have announced the details of a world-exclusive global livestream event, set to take place this coming December. Performing alongside the Parallax Orchestra, the band will bring their U.K.-chart-topping ninth album, For Those That Wish To Exist, to life like never before via a complete front-to-back playthrough. The legendary Abbey Road Studios, made […]

10 times different artists collaborated to make inspiring music

September 1963: A young R&B combo called the Rolling Stones are rehearsing, preparing for a recording session. Their manager, former Beatles publicist Andrew Loog Oldham, was tearing his hair out. They were about to record their second single, a follow-up to their modestly successful remake of Chuck Berry’s “Come On.” But they had one problem: […]

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. […]

Pleasure Venom’s Audrey Campbell stars in comedy short-film ‘I AM TX’—watch

Oftentimes, comedy is the best way to get an important message across. Film director, comedy improviser and Austin, Texas native Ryan Darbonne knows this to be absolutely true, especially when crafting his short film, I AM TX. Starring Audrey Campbell (Pleasure Venom), Jonathan Horstmann (BLXPLTN, Urban Heat) and Greg Williams (Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice), the plot […]

Bob Dylan announces first broadcast show in nearly 30 years with Veeps

Alongside Hank Williams, Bob Dylan is arguably the greatest American songwriter of the 20th century. Last year’s blues-drenched Rough And Rowdy Ways proved that he’s hardly lost any of his gifts in this century, even as he approached his 80th birthday this past May 24. But the minute he walked into New York’s Columbia Studio […]

37 musicians who exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Music seems to know no boundaries, speaking a language that we all understand. It crosses all barriers and evidently all universes as well. From Carol Danvers donning a Nine Inch Nails shirt in Captain Marvel to the crazy connection between WandaVision and My Chemical Romance, the MCU appears to be filled with superheroes from the […]

20 books written by or about women musicians to add to your reading list

When searching a bookstore for music memoirs, it’s likely that the shelves are packed with men such as Kurt Cobain, Johnny Cash and Keith Richards. While it may seem that there are fewer books written by or about women musicians, they are growing in numbers. Women in the music industry refuse to be silenced, and, […]

This TikTok challenge is bringing back David Bowie’s most iconic looks

Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 marks what would’ve been David Bowie‘s 74th birthday. In celebration of the day, Bowie’s team has officially launched his music on TikTok. Now, it looks like TikTok creatives are coming together to honor the late musician in a big way. For the new #TheStarman challenge, users on the platform are recreating […]

Embracing his influences helped grandson unlock a whole new world

Jordan Benjamin is at a point in his career where he can be honest about his influences. Yes, his debut full-length and conceptual introduction as grandson, Death Of An Optimist, gave the music industry a shake upon its arrival on Dec. 4. And surely a lot of it was born out of him searching deeper into […]

9 wild music conspiracies that'll keep you scrolling through TikTok

Whether you believe that Area 51 is hiding boatloads of aliens behind their walls or have come to the conclusion that Miley Cyrus is a full-blown lizard person, conspiracy theories are everywhere. There are many theories such as these across the internet on the likes of Reddit boards, YouTube pages and, now, TikTok accounts. While […]

Hear Lights spread holiday cheer with this laid-back “Deck The Halls” cover

Lights is spreading some holiday cheer this year in the form of her new “Deck The Halls” cover. This week, she debuted a laid-back reimagination of the holiday classic and revealed why the cover was rejected from a Christmas movie soundtrack. Read more: Black Veil Brides’ Jinxx offers an update on his coronavirus diagnosis 2020 […]

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, […]

QUIZ: Which Green Day era are you the most like?

This is a public service announcement: If Green Day’s epic ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre! trilogy counts as one really, really long album, then the classic band have eleven diverse albums in their esteemed 30-plus-year catalog. Eleven. That’s 170 songs total—and 100 more than most of your favorite bands. Because there’s truly something in every genre […]

Billie Joe Armstrong’s next album is full of his ‘No Fun Mondays’ covers

Over the past few months, Billie Joe Armstrong has been spending his time in quarantine covering songs as part of his No Fun Mondays series. Now, the Green Day frontman is compiling all of his covers into a new full-length album. Read more: Legendary Van Halen co-founder and guitarist Eddie Van Halen dies at 65 […]

QUIZ: How much Drive-Thru Records trivia do you really know?

Siblings Richard and Stefanie Reines changed the course of popular aggressive music when they started their own label called Drive-Thru Records in the late ’90s. Although it started as a small family affair, Drive-Thru Records became synonymous with early 2000s pop punk, emo and post-hardcore. Bands such as New Found Glory, Finch and Hellogoodbye owe […]

John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman has parole rejected for 11th time

Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered John Lennon in 1980, has been denied parole for the 11th time. Chapman is currently serving a 20 years-to-life sentence after pleading guilty to killing Lennon almost forty years ago. Read more: Vicky Cornell clears up rumors over Chris Cornell statue vandalism On Dec. 8, 1980, Lennon was […]

10 times TV and film turned classic songs into unrecognizable ballads

If anyone predicted that the infectious Bananarama hit from the summer of 1983, “Cruel Summer,” could be turned into a somber, foreboding cover with the ability to create a palpable nervousness and introspection, said person surely would have been laughed off the MTV sound stage. After all, without MTV, the three London women who made […]

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 […]

blink-182 inspire “I Miss You” indie sing-along parodying “Imagine” clip

In order to actually make some people legitimately laugh in light of the coronavirus pandemic, a group of artists recreated the ironically funny Gal Gadot and friends singalong clip that went viral earlier this week. Instead of John Lennon‘s “Imagine,” the new group sings the blink-182 classic “I Miss You.”  “I Miss You” also makes […]
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