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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 […]

10 spoken-word song intros you should never skip over

In music, there are few universal truths. That said, the inherent ability for a well-crafted spoken-word part to send a shiver down the spine of anyone who hears it is definitely one. Of course, that goes double when such a moment is your first introduction to a song. There’s really no wrong way to incorporate […]

10 emo songs with lyrics that are even sadder than you thought

The beauty of emo music is that it provides a canvas for our own emotional projections. The lyrical narratives, even when relatively specific, often have just enough ambiguity that we can relate them in some sense to our unique circumstances. With that said, knowing the backstories of our favorite songs can elevate them to a whole new […]

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 […]

QUIZ: Can you match these musicians to their TV debuts?

Is there anything more exciting than spotting a medium-transcending cameo by your favorite musician? It’s one thing to catch surprise guest appearances in songs and music videos. However, many artists take it a step further, harnessing their extensive talent for TV entertainment. Read more: Miley Cyrus teases a new cover of this Nine Inch Nails classic—watch […]

Ryan Key and Derek Sanders want you to ditch cliché workouts– here's how

You may have started the new year with some lofty wellness goals. But was working out alongside Ryan Key and Derek Sanders among them? Maybe it should have been… In a move straight from our wildest dreams, the Mayday Parade and Yellowcard frontmen have partnered with Cardio Sport to co-host and DJ a pop-punk-fueled, emo […]

10 pop-punk artists who started out in a completely different genre

Lately, Machine Gun Kelly has been making waves in the pop-punk scene. His massive transition from hip-hop has brought the genre back to the mainstream spotlight, granting opportunities for other pop culture icons such as Halsey to try on a mid-2000s sound. While MGK‘s Tickets To My Downfall has become a divisive subject in the […]

9 uncredited guest vocals you might have missed in your favorite songs

Is there any better surprise than listening to a song and getting hit by a cameo from a familiar vocalist? Aside from adding to the dynamics of the track, these uncredited guest vocals are great Easter eggs for any fan.  While it’s not uncommon for these collaborations to go unnoted on streaming platforms, Google will […]

These are 19 of the best music videos to come out of the scene

MTV launched Aug. 1, 1981, and eventually took over the planet as a youth authority and a music video jukebox that had the power to catapult an artist’s career to the stratosphere. As YouTube and other streaming platforms took flight in 2005, MTV slowly started becoming more obsolete and less meaningful as a video network, […]

20 scene albums from 2003 you probably still know every word to

In 2003, major scene bands were gaining popularity on the Warped Tour circuit. The musical mixture of emo, pop punk and punk was growing in both the mainstream and the underground. As some of the millennium’s biggest names in the alternative scene started changing their sound, younger musicians joined in with their own take on […]

40 pop-punk albums from the 2000s that’ll make you grab your old Chucks

Pop punk began to rapidly gain traction in the early 2000s, landing impressive spots on mainstream charts that propelled the success of the genre today. This transformative period uncovered legendary bands who produced albums that have stood the test of time. While it’s apparent that pop punk began a definitive era 20 years ago, it’s […]

QUIZ: How much emo trivia do you really know?

We at AltPress hold the emo title in high regard and fully embrace all subsects of fans who proudly stand under the genre’s umbrella without discretion, only pure, kindred acceptance. We celebrate those who have first pressings of Sunny Day Real Estate vinyl, early 2000s My Chemical Romance fanatics who enlisted in the MCRmy during […]

The best emo songs of the decade that defined the 2010s

One of the greatest feats of the emo genre is its ability to cross barriers, genres and fandoms to unite us all under the common denominator of music. Whether there’s a tinge of rap or a twist of pop-punk, the branches of emo music all extend from the same familiar source. While the early 2000s […]

Like Torches team up (and grow up) with Ryan Key on new album

When Swedish band Like Torches came into our consciousness in 2013, they had thankfully changed their original name (You Ate My Dog) and released their self-funded album, Keep Your Head High, delivering a European take on pop punk. When they toured America with Yellowcard, they struck up a friendship with founder William Ryan Key, resulting […]

Emo Night Brooklyn release original song produced by Ryan Key—listen

Emo Night Brooklyn launched from a basement bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in January 2015, but despite its relatively new formation, the duo behind the brand have known each other for much longer. Their musical beginnings and years of friendship made way for their first original music, “Back In Time.” Alex Badanes and Ethan Maccoby have […]

New Found Glory announce first-ever music and breakfast festival, BreakFEST

[Photo by: Official: The Movielife/Facebook] New Found Glory have announced BreakFEST, a full day music and food festival showcasing breakfast foods. A dream, right? Read more: New Found Glory announce Parkland benefit show with Chris Carrabba, William Ryan Key The festival will feature performances from New Found Glory, Bayside, the Movielife, Hot Rod Circuit, Free Throw, […]

New Found Glory announce headlining tour

Call it the BFF tour of 2018: New Found Glory have announced a headlining tour with Bayside, the Movielife and former Yellowcard vocalist, William Ryan Key. Clearly, it's set to be one epic tour. Read more: New Found Glory throw it back with video for new song “20 Years From Now” “It's very rare for a whole tour […]

Yellowcard on 2008 hiatus: "We didn't know what the future held"

While promoting the band's farewell tour and self-titled album, Yellowcard's lead singer, Ryan Key, created a Best Of Pop Punk Spotify playlist with added commentary—and we learned a whole bunch of stuff about the band's influences and earlier records. From their near breakup in 2008 to the band that has influenced every single song they've […]

Ryan Key (Yellowcard) has foot surgery, will sit onstage to start Warped Tour

Yellowcard frontman Ryan Key recently underwent foot surgery and will be seated onstage for the first couple of shows of Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off June 16 in Salt Lake City. Here's what Key had to say about it: “Hey everyone. I have some unfortunate news. It is nothing too serious, but I had […]

Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low) to appear on new Yellowcard album

According to Yellowcard's twitter account, All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth will be guesting on the band's new album, which they're currently recording:   Well, @AlexAllTimeLow was awesome in the studio today. You won't believe your ears when you hear the massiveness that occurs in the song. — Yellowcard (@Yellowcard) March 29, 2012  
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