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 […]

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 […]

10 hits from the ’90s you probably didn’t know are from movies

There are some songs that you hear that immediately make you think of the movie they were featured prominently in, such as Celine Dion’s smash “My Heart Will Go On.” You just can’t help but think of Rose on that block of wood, pledging her love to an exhausted, descending Jack, even while she won’t […]

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, […]

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 […]

These 10 releases make Record Store Day's second drop worth the wait

This weekend, Record Store Day begins the second RSD Drops. On Sept. 26, collectors can frequent participating stores for the limited-edition vinyl releases to spruce up both their collections and their hearing. It’s the second of three RSD events in an effort to minimize crowding and social distancing concerns in stores. Not to mention the […]

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 […]

Here are 20 of the easiest pop-punk songs to learn on guitar

Are you dreaming about leaving your hometown? Sure you are. Because pop-punk kids have felt self-isolated long before the pandemic. All the shows are canceled, and there’s nothing else to do, so there’s no better time to order in an unhealthy amount of pizza, reminisce about Warped Tour and dust off that Fender or Gibson […]

Here are 10 alternative Disney covers to make your playlist more magical

Has there ever been an album more universally loved than Disneymania? Ever since we first heard Aaron Carter and Christina Aguilera, among other famous artists, covering our favorite classics circa 2002, we haven’t been able to get enough of Disney song remakes. Unsurprisingly, given the longstanding affiliation between Disney and Hot Topic, alternative spins of […]

17 rising Black alternative bands who are leading the next generation

Black musicians are at the heart of alternative music’s history. Whether it’s punk, emo, metal or pop punk, Black people have played an integral role in creating what the music scene is today. However, they’re consistently looked over in favor of white musicians, who have a long history of commodifying off the creativity of Black […]

QUIZ: Can you pass this ultimate ’90s music trivia quiz?

Comparison quizzes seem to be all the rage on the internet these days, but we’ve yet to see a ’90s quiz that includes all of the four basic food groups: ska punk, nü metal, alternative rock and pop culture. And we don’t care that you’re more of a Chandler than a Phoebe.  Are you ready? […]

Meet Itch, Serbia’s entry in the world’s modern-rock sweepstakes

Historically, the music world has always been motivated by trends. From fake Madonnas to hip-hop opportunists to the entire metalcore section located next to plumbing supplies at Home Depot, somebody is always jumping on someone else’s train. Thanks to a new consciousness and the advent of playlist culture, there’s been a concerted effort on behalf […]

Riot Fest celebrates 15 years with TBS, Neck Deep, Slayer, blink-182, more

Another Riot Fest has come and gone, but this year’s marked an extra special milestone as the event threw its 15th punk-rock festivities. It went big this year, even past its lineup including schedule-wrapped beer cans and the return of Punk Rock & Paintbrushes. The latter hosted artwork from Tim Armstrong (Rancid), Tim McIlrath (Rise […]

Ice Nine Kills recruit Reel Big Fish for ‘It’-inspired live performance—watch

Ice Nine Kills were recently joined onstage by Reel Big Fish for their live performance of “IT Is The End,” and AP is premiering the official live video of the epic collaboration.  The performance took place at a sold-out show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, playing the It-inspired track from their 2018 album, The […]

10 ska songs about food to prep your appetite for that family picnic

Ska-B-Q: (noun) a social gathering taking place outdoors where food is prepared over an open flame, and music with reggae, punk rock and pop influence is played exclusively.  For your summer Ska-B-Q playlist, these songs are sure to put burgers in friends’ hands get them skanking all the way to the condiment table.  Read more: […]

Travis Barker drums up rework of “Friends Go” with Maggie Lindemann

We’re still not sure if Travis Barker ever sleeps. For his latest endeavor, he took blossoming songstress Maggie Lindemann under his wing for a collab on her ska-inspired hit, “Friends Go.” Doubling down on her own brand of multigenre alt-pop, Lindemann has been skyrocketing since her breakthrough hit “Pretty Girl,” catching the attention of another […]

SoCal pop-reggae 4th & Orange announce signing with debut single

AP is proudly teaming up with upcoming pop-reggae outfit 4th & Orange in this exclusive premiere for the band’s debut single, “Girl Next Door.” Merging pop elements with reggae in the likes of Sublime, “Girl Next Door” introduces the band’s summery, poolside vibe along with their storytelling style that draws on relatable circumstances from real-life […]

The Aggrolites deliver reggae-ska grooves out of a box truck—watch

Talk about a cause for celebration: AP is premiering the new video from L.A.’s long-running reggae-ska unit, the Aggrolites. “Pound For Pound” serves as the lead-off song from their latest album, Reggae Now!, released by Pirates Press Records. The band’s organ-based grooves and steady-rockin’ beats are the kind of thing that defines everything great under […]

Lineup announced for 2nd Apple Stomp ska festival

The full lineup has been announced for the 2nd Apple Stomp ska festival, which will be held at Irving Plaza in New York City on May 31 and June 1. The lineup includes such bands as Dan P And The Bricks, Big D And The Kids Table and many more. You can check out the […]

A ska band covered Saves The Day’s ‘Stay What You Are’ in full

Texas ska sextet the Holophonics have released a tribute album covering Saves The Day’s seminal 2001 release, Stay What You Are, in full with a total ska makeover. The band are branding the album as “a ska punk tribute to one of our favorite albums ever by one of our favorite bands ever—dedicated to the state […]

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