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9 bands we wish would come back to make another full-length album

In the past decade, everyone from Misfits and Jawbreaker to My Chemical Romance and Rage Against The Machine has thrilled us with the announcement of a reunion show or tour. And while we’re ecstatic to see these artists hit the road again, that doesn’t stop us from wishing that they’d make a pitstop or two […]

10 alternative artists who have defined Riot Fest throughout the years

Over the years, Riot Fest has taken over Chicago’s Douglas Park with circus sideshows, carnival games and, most importantly, an incredible lineup. But its history stretches even further back, drawing people of all ages and backgrounds between its hub and offshoots in Toronto and Denver. The festival has been running for 15 years strong, solidifying […]

10 collabs from the 2000s that were so good, we wish they'd happen again

Is there anything more exciting than a good song collaboration? Given all the hype generated by guest appearances such as Travis Barker and phem on Tyler Posey‘s debut solo single, we can’t imagine so. While 2020 was undoubtedly a year for collaborations, that’s not to say such joint efforts went unappreciated in the past. In fact, […]

10 musicians who absolutely nailed switching genres as solo artists

Branding is one hell of an important factor to achieving success and maintaining a fanbase in music. So, it’s no surprise that many musicians use their solo projects as an avenue for genre experimentation. We’ve seen it countless times to varying extents. Some artists may just incorporate new, genre-defying dynamics to their foundational sounds, whereas others […]

Cobra Starship’s mega collab for 'Snakes On A Plane' almost didn't happen

Back in 2006, the emo music world was introduced to Cobra Starship and their debut single “Bring It (Snakes On A Plane).” The mega collab brought together some of our favorite musicians for a song based on a movie we still don’t know if we love or hate. Now, it turns out that Cobra Starship’s […]

10 underrated albums from the 2000s you probably forgot about

Anyone who’s had any kind of scene phase is likely to look back on the 2000s fondly. With numerous hit alternative albums, including Paramore‘s Riot! and Yellowcard‘s Ocean Avenue, we were really blessed with some great music. Unfortunately, our nostalgia really only tends to gravitate toward a small number of the decade’s countless masterpieces. Don’t believe us? Dig up […]

Could ‘Almost Here’ bring the Academy Is... back for another reunion gig?

Back in February, the Academy Is… celebrated the 15th anniversary of their debut album Almost Here. Now, Adam Siska has revealed that the Academy Is… intended to further celebrate the album’s anniversary this year. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, those plans quickly changed. Despite this, Siska teases that another reunion could still happen in […]

19 scene albums from 2008 you’re probably still blasting in your car

As legendary bands in the scene continued to mature musically and grow away from the genres that they became known for, newly established musicians were creating blends that sparked new categories for scene music. In 2008, Fall Out Boy released their last album before their hiatus, and I Set My Friends On Fire popularized crunkcore. […]

10 unexpected cameos Fall Out Boy snuck in their music videos

Fall Out Boy are one of the biggest bands in the scene, and they certainly have the music video cameo appearances to prove it. From fellow musicians all the way to reality stars, the rock quartet made memorable, hilarious videos to their most famous tracks with help from special guests.  From the guest themselves to […]

15 ‘From Under The Cork Tree’ Easter eggs you probably missed

Fall Out Boy’s From Under The Cork Tree is the gift that keeps on giving. The pop-punk icons’ unforgettable 2005 output is jam-packed with Easter eggs we either didn’t notice before or completely forgot in the years since. From movie quotes and emo cameos to its unusual artwork, there’s a detail hiding in every corner. […]

15 music videos that will make you wish it was 2005 again

The year is 2005, and new gadgets are being introduced constantly. iPod Nano made its debut, and what could be considered the first video social media, YouTube, launched as well. This new platform encouraged artists to create easy, accessible music videos. Despite the low-quality, primarily small-budgeted videos, some bands went all out. Here’s a list […]

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 […]

10 emo songs from 2005 that never left your playlist

It’s hard to fathom that 2005 was 15 years ago, but it’s even harder to imagine that songs such as “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” have been spinning on repeat for one-and-half decades. 2005 birthed both classic emo anthems and killer debut albums from some of our favorite artists. Check […]

The Academy Is… talk ‘Almost Here’ in first-ever AP story, 15 years later

The first time you ever heard the Academy Is… was probably when they were opening for your favorite band, but rest assured, their rise to fame has been anything but calculated.  In the course of an hour-long interview with AP, William Beckett will be interrupted three times. First, by the sound of his bandmates in […]

10 scene songs that got you through your first breakup

We’ve all experienced heartbreak in one way or another over the years, but none compare to your first breakup and the scene songs that helped you through it.  Picture it: It’s the 2000s, and you’re sitting at your family’s computer spilling your heart out to all of your friends on AOL Instant Messenger about your […]

Can you match the artist to their legendary collab track?

Collabs have stood the test of time as a reminder that we often work better as a team than on our own—take John Lennon and Paul McCartney for example. Like Lennon and McCartney, Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin discovered in the late ’60s that their teamwork shined brighter than their individual works.  When bands […]

10 bands who should reunite after My Chemical Romance

With My Chemical Romance reuniting on Halloween this year, we got everything we’ve been wishing for these past six years. With how great this news is, maybe we forgot about some bands who broke up and left us hanging. Outside of MCR, several other scene favorites have reunited or announced plans this year including Rage […]

10 songs every scene kid had on their Myspace page

Scene kids recognize that much of our subculture would not be possible without Myspace, our first happy place on the internet. The website is responsible for creating many celebrities, making us all take regrettable selfies and helping shape our music taste to what it is today.  That being said, it may have been a while since […]

Unreleased the Academy Is... album exists, bassist Adam Siska says

Back in 2011, the Academy Is… announced lineup changes and later parted ways, leaving the scene in somewhat of a shock. They reunited in 2015 for an intimate club show preceding their Riot Fest Chicago set celebrating 10 years of Almost Here. Soon after, the band confirmed a string of dates for an Almost Here 10-year anniversary tour in […]

9 weird items bands have signed

[Photo by: Ebay/Stacked Like Pancakes] You've waited in line for who knows how long just to get a few precious seconds with you favorite band. Amidst all the nerves and the chaos you forgot to grab something for them to sign. It's happened to almost all of us, but often our best ideas come under […]
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