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“You’re only as good as your drummer,” Clash singer/rhythm guitarist Joe Strummer lamented in their documentary Westway To The World, as he recounted Nicky “Topper” Headon’s firing ahead of 1982 breakthrough LP Combat Rock’s tour. “Drumming…like nailing a nail into the floor,” he continued. “It’s so precise—the beat has to be there!” Mind you, the […]

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14 modern indie artists

Short for “independent music,” indie music is a term that was coined in the ’80s to describe music outside of the mainstream and artists not signed to one of the “Big Four” labels—EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner. Read more: Lauren Hibberd delivers witty lyricism and charm on new ‘Goober’ EP However, since its inception, a […]

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A beginner's guide to Green Day

It’s nearly impossible to overstate the influence Green Day have on the rock scene these days. Ever since breaking into the mainstream in the mid-‘90s, everyone from blink-182 to Lady Gaga have cited their music as an inspiration at some point in their career. If you’re newer to the group, the band’s collection of 13 […]

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Alternative Press writers and editors are sharing some of their favorite new music from bands that are currently on the rise. From screamo and hardcore punk to indie rock and folk-inspired beats, AP&R compiled a list of tracks that are sure to become your new favorites as well. Check out our picks below! Read more: […]

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Best punk albums of 1999

Welcome to Alternative Press’ pick of 1999’s best punk albums. It can be argued that the tone for the entire year was set in its first two months. For one thing, the 21-day impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton for perjuring himself in the investigation into the scandal over his affair with White House intern […]

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Gratitude is the answer to everything these days. Riot Fest knows that inherently. Across all four days of the festival, that feeling permeated the grounds of Douglas Park. Whether it was Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins professing his love for Chicago several times over or Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne performing from a human hamster ball […]

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San Francisco punk bands

Welcome to Alternative Press’ look at San Francisco’s original punk scene, from 1973-1980. The Golden City has long been a bohemian enclave. It was the soil upon which the Beat Generation writers staked their claim, even though most of the principals—Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, especially—met at and around NYC’s Columbia University […]

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Artists can easily find themselves forced into a box, shaped by fan expectations or public assumptions about how they should sound. No matter how much some people want to break away from the norm, it’s difficult to escape from what made them big in the first place. That concern doesn’t apply to these artists, though. […]

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Best punk singers of the 2010s

Welcome to Alternative Press’ 10 best punk vocalists of the ‘10s. As we noted when counting down punk’s greatest guitarists of this period, the genre was 35 years old in 2010. Punk rock had a history and a tradition by now, as well as a rule book it was never supposed to have. Which, of […]

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Everyone loves to jam out to their favorite artists and classic hits, but let’s not forget about all the fresh talent constantly popping up around the world. From pop and indie to punk and post-hardcore, there’s always a new name in music waiting to be heard. We know there’s a lot of faces to sift […]

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