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When We Were Young’s second year spotlights alternative music’s stars

AP hit the desert with Green Day, blink-182, Good Charlotte, and many more.

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 […]

blackbear on the path that led from his emo roots to a new sonic lane

Born and raised in Florida, Matthew Tyler Musto—these days better known as blackbear—has been making music, and making music his life, since at least 2006.  With five studio albums and seven EPs under his belt (or should that be pelt?), releasing his latest extended play, misery lake, Aug. 13, this year finds blackbear riding high […]

NOFX explore history in new animated video for “The Big Drag”—watch

NOFX have released an off-the-wall animated music video for the track “The Big Drag,” off their latest release, Single Album. The visual was created by the Ukrainian duo the Mad Twins, also known as Olya and Vira Ishchuk. The video starts with the members of NOFX cleaning up lead singer and bassist Fat Mike’s room. […]

10 Japanese pop-punk bands who are prominent forces in the genre

You don’t have to look back at the Hot Topic crowd’s fixation with Hello Kitty to see the influence of Japanese culture on the alternative scene. The music speaks for itself. We’ve already taken you around the Western world—from Canada to the U.K. and even out to Australia—in our examination of new, prominent forces in pop-punk music. Now, it’s time to set our […]

25 essential Fueled By Ramen albums released across their 25-year history

Fueled By Ramen has signed some of the most talented alternative bands and musicians to date. With 25 years of greatness under its belt, now is the opportune moment to look back at its incredible discography. In 1996, John Janick joined forces with Vinnie Fiorello of Less Than Jake and brought the label to life. […]

Ice Nine Kills unveil first look at eerie graphic novel ‘Inked In Blood’

Ice Nine Kills frontman Spencer Charnas is a serious horror movie obsessive. The singer fell in love with fright movies at an early age. Over the years, he’s become well-versed in the classics and the deep cuts alike. As a result, INK draws major influences from the genre. The band is immersed in the gruesome […]

21 alternative albums from 1998 that are still influencing bands today

1998 really wasn’t that long ago, but after saying the number 2021 out loud, it feels like it happened during another lifetime. To put things in perspective, Billie Eilish was born three years after 1998, and, hell, even FINNEAS was born the year before. Despite the fact that said year was toward the end of […]

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 […]

QUIZ: Do you remember which celebrities appeared in these iconic videos?

There’s no shortage of casting opportunities when it comes to music videos. With each artist releasing a handful for each album cycle, each with its own storyline and ensemble, there’s plenty of room for cameos. But how often do celebrities answer the call? It actually happens far more frequently than you might think. Some appearances […]

QUIZ: Can you tell if these lyrics are from blink-182 or Green Day?

Whether you’ve known the name Billie Joe Armstrong since his band’s inception in the ’80s or have no idea who Tom DeLonge is, blink-182 and Green Day are arguably two of the most influential bands in modern pop punk.  Fans of their decades-spanning discographies may not be stoked to hear that there won’t be a […]

Gym Class Heroes’ “Cupid’s Chokehold” chorus came from an unusual place

This week, Travie McCoy joined Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake for an episode of his podcast. During the interview, the duo discusses all of the behind-the-scenes secrets surrounding Gym Class Heroes‘ hit “Cupid’s Chokehold.” As it turns, one of the song’s most iconic parts came from an unexpected place. Read more: Here’s why Johnny […]

Less Than Jake promise you'll love their new record if you're already a fan

Less Than Jake are still riding the third wave that they helped create, and they aren’t looking to give up their upstrokes anytime soon. Guitarist/frontman/resident energy valve Chris DeMakes isn’t worried about winning critics over. Instead, he wants to continue to satisfy the listeners who could really use an LTJ show right now. “If you […]

Hear Less Than Jake’s first new song in three years “Lie To Me”

Less Than Jake are back with their first new music in three years, “Lie To Me.” The track marks the follow-up to their 2017 Sound The Alarm EP. As if a new song wasn’t enough, the ska legends are also announcing a new album titled Silver Linings set to release later this year as the […]

20 side projects you should already be listening to by now

Side projects have the special ability to give artists the chance to express themselves in whatever manner they choose without snobby genre lords or the (sometimes self-imposed) shackles of their previous works confining their sonic decisions. Sometimes these new bands go in an intentionally more mainstream direction, while other times the word “commercial” is never […]

Ex-LTJ, Interrupters, Reel Big Fish members team up as The Inevitables

Is it a supergroup? Or is that the sound of 2-Tone ska being piped into the halls of the Justice League Of America? Actually, it’s both. Former Less Than Jake drummer Vinnie Fiorello and Westbound Train frontman Obi Fernandez have created the Inevitables, a multimedia project encompassing both comics and some fine ska music. Today Alternative […]

QUIZ: Can you pass this ultimate ska music trivia quiz?

Ska may be one of the most polarizing words in the English language. Many of its superfans have lived and died by the genre from the second they heard their first guitar upstroke, whereas some casual fans dug into it as a flavor of the week for a short amount of time and parted ways […]

You might be able to play as Jack Black in ‘Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2’

Last week, fans that pre-ordered the revamped Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 got exclusive access to a short demo of the forthcoming game. One fan, however, decided to look around the demo’s source code and found evidence that Jack Black makes a cameo in the reboot. According to the post that was shared on Reddit, […]

‘Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2’ finally gave this trick the name it deserves

The highly-anticipated revamped Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is just weeks away from its release. Now, Tony Hawk is explaining why the classic skate trick the “mute” air/grab is getting renamed in the new game. Read more: Hear YUNGBLUD and Denzel Curry tackle social injustices in “Lemonade” The mute air involves a skater to use […]

You can now skate the ‘Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2’ warehouse early

We’re less than a month away from the highly-anticipated release of the revamped Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2. On Friday, Aug. 14, the limited demo of the game is being released. Here’s how you can get your hands on the demo and what you can expect from it. Read more: There’s a reason […]
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