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Paramore cover Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House”

The song comes from the A24 tribute album to Stop Making Sense.

Meet Hannah Judge of fanclubwallet, your new favorite indie-pop act

Hannah Judge of fanclubwallet makes indie bops for fans of emotional pop. Her debut record ‘You Have Got To Be Kidding Me’ is a love letter to the genre.

10 of Julia Wolf's favorite spooky songs, from Paramore to John Williams

Julia Wolf is a connoisseur of all things scary. From Paramore to John Williams, here are her 10 favorite songs to get in the Halloween spirit.

These 15 songs took on completely new identities from their original demo

Demos are a great way for listeners to peer into the creative process of their favorite musicians. As an artist’s vision comes to fruition, demos serve as the solidified rough draft of a song. They can show us the painstaking mental labor that comes with writing new music. They also portray the auditory and lyrical […]

Gang Of Four on their political roots, new box set '‘77-’81’ and more

When Leeds, U.K. post-punks Gang Of Four first appeared on American shores in 1980, they were simultaneously startling, exciting, fierce, warm, familiar and yet shockingly new. They were clearly unthinkable without punk, yet they didn’t play standard-issue Ramones–isms in a leather jacket. They were as angry and leftist in their politics as the Clash, but […]

15 music videos that contributed to the uniqueness of the ‘80s

The 1980s were the big bang of music videos—a cosmic explosion of creativity, technology and straight-up weirdness.  With the launch of MTV in 1981, some artists used the visual art form to sell sex, youth and anything eye-catching, while others used it to visually define themselves within the music business.  Read more: 10 artists who […]

These 10 bands made Boston one of America’s greatest punk-rock towns

A greasy R&B riff rips from the speakers, coated in more fuzz than a peach orchard wearing a 50-year-old wool sweater. A singer with a sneer that could wilt Elvis’ upper lip indicates he’s gonna tell you a story about his town. He snarls about hanging out by the notoriously polluted Charles River, “along with […]

15 artists who show that the Velvet Underground’s influence is eternal

Lester Bangs, the greatest rock journalist ever, felt eternal Lower East Side musical royals the Velvet Underground were “our Beatles and Bob Dylan combined” and that “modern music begins” with them. He wasn’t wrong. They existed only for a handful of years—1965 to 1970. But five years was enough for them to create virtually everything […]

15 alternative songs you may have missed in your favorite TV shows

Television is a great way to find new music and rediscover old songs. When artists are featured on TV show soundtracks, they are able to dive into a different medium. This grants them access to a whole new audience. With shows ranging from flirty rom-coms to haunting thrillers and everything in between, there are many […]

10 bands who put the Canadian punk scene on the map

Though all but forgotten by this point—save for documentary films like excellent Vancouver overview Bloodied But Unbowed and recent Teenage Head retrospective Picture My Face—Canada once boasted one of the world’s best punk scenes. The quality/quantity of Great White North pogo-rock acts, plus their music’s sheer ferocity, belied our neighbors’ more mild-mannered and civilized reputation. […]

10 records that could be the soundtrack to your next meditation session

When life gets hectic, it’s important to take a minute for yourself to reset and clear your mind. Music is always a go-to way to destress, whether it’s validating our feelings or mellowing us out. Read more: 11 rising alternative artists who fine-tuned their sound this past year Meditation is a practice of mindfulness and […]

10 modern rock bands that prove the genre is far from dead

It seems like every few years there is a debate, often caused by KISS vocalist Gene Simmons, about whether or not rock music is dead.  Simmons particularly has pointed the finger at many factors that he believes “killed” rock music, such as record companies in 2014. More recently, he blamed streaming services such as Spotify […]

10 bands who still have their original lineup over 20 years later

Many bands take maintaining the same lineup quite seriously, even if it’s one of the most difficult things to pull off. Especially if longevity is also high up on their list of priorities.  Those who have accomplished it wear it as a badge of honor, such as U2. Frontman Bono often says they are who […]

10 Swedish bands who should already be on your playlist

Sweden may be best known for exporting its world-famous meatballs, the band Ghost and the puzzle games known as IKEA furniture, but they have many more treasures that everyone should know about. The seventh happiest country in the world is home to many artists who are redefining what it means to be alternative. These bands […]

15 punk guitarists of the ’90s who paved the way for the genre’s future

Welcome to Alternative Press’ pick of the 15 best punk guitarists of the ’90s. One notable difference between this list and the other two we’ve compiled is the inclusion of several women. Punk did much to democratize rock ’n’ roll in the ’70s, with many pioneering all-female (the Runaways, the Slits) or mixed-gender lineups (X-Ray […]

10 times bands switched the lyrics of some of their most popular songs

We’re all guilty of singing the wrong lyrics to a favorite song. (Seriously, there have been entire books compiled about this very subject.) But occasionally, you’ll see a band play and you’re stoked to hear your favorite song. You’re singing along at the top of your lungs, and the lead singer decides to go rogue […]

10 must-reads authored by musicians to celebrate Book Lovers Day

There’s nothing better than cracking the spine on a new story on Book Lovers day. OK, maybe listening to your favorite artist or band. What if you could combine the two? You can. Look no further than this list of 10 books written by your favorite musicians to merge your love of melodic lyrics with […]

11 times bands changed their original song lyrics

For lots of bands, songwriting means working their way through multiple drafts of lyrics before settling on the right ones. Sometimes, even the album versions of lyrics aren’t entirely finalized. Musicians toy around with their lyrics at live performances all the time, changing the original words to prove a point, or just to switch things […]