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No shadow on the Soft Moon

Released the day before Halloween, the Soft Moon's Zeroes is the perfect soundtrack for anyone looking to flirt with their '80s UK-goth dark side.

By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 04, 2013

Rhode Island surf culture: punk rock, gangbangers, and the search for the ultimate wave

Surfing has been a Rhode Island fixture for decades now. But wander north of Second Beach and terms like "point break" and "south swell" fall out of the vernacular pretty quickly.
Wet and wild
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 06, 2012

Interview: Alice Bag of Stay at Home Bomb

Alice Bag (nee Armendariz), who shone bright in the Los Angeles punk scene of the late-1970s, will be in town Saturday to read from her book Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage and to play a few tunes at 7 pm at Rochambeau Library.
Once a punk rocker, always a punk rocker
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 10, 2012

John Doe and the thinking man's punk rock

For a movement that was rooted in a deep hatred for everything that had become plastic and tame about youth culture, punk rock was supposed to be about the music before anything else.
Germination X
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  December 02, 2011

Staying hardcore in the land of the stripmall

Some of us enter this world prematurely. After peaking on parent-approved science fiction, you find yourself with a pocketful of quarters pedaling your PK Ripper toward the inviting glow of a neon ARCADE sign.
The way we were
By MAX G. MORTON  |  December 02, 2011

Review: The Other F Word

Filmmaker Andrea Blaugrund Nevins spent intimate time on the road and at home with some prominent male punk rockers.
The original devil-may-care rebels enforce bedtime
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 11, 2011

Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins is a icon worthy of the Brattle

Clocking more than 100 shows per year for multiple decades now, Henry Rollins is a clean-living, world-traveling, rapid fireball of neurosis. At 50, the former Black Flag frontman has become less of a punk-rock pundit and more of a genuinely funny orat
Fifty sense
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 11, 2011

With Going Out in Style, Dropkick Murphys remain Boston's most treasured punk success

Dropkick Murphys are the best tourist trap in this city. Maybe in any city. Maybe in the world.
The tightest ship in the business.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 25, 2011

Strange world

Bob Pfeifer's debut novel, University of Strangers (published by Power City Press, the print arm of the punk label Smog Veil Records), is a fictionalized retelling of a sensational, true-life murder case, as related in the voices of real people.
In his stream-of-consciousness thriller University Of Strangers , former punk rocker, label head, and convict Bob Pfeifer turns real life into something really weird
By BOB PFEIFER  |  February 18, 2011

Killing Joke reclaim their inventions

"I never thought something like that could happen to a boy who was getting into trouble living in squats when he was 15 years old."
The last laugh
By MATT PARISH  |  December 03, 2010

Photos: Social Distortion

Social Distortion play live at House of Blues on November 1, 2010.
Social Distortion | House of Blues | November 1, 2010
By STEPHANIE CSASZAR  |  November 12, 2010


Photos: Hey Monday at Showcase Live

Hey Monday perform live at Showcase Live on November 2, 2010.
Hey Monday | Showcase Live | November 2, 2010
By MIKE JOHNSON  |  November 12, 2010

Dead Kennedys walking

"Every artist is a business." If you're a fan of the legendary and incendiary punk band Dead Kennedys, you'd probably be dismayed to hear those words exit the lips of guitarist and band co-founder Ray Pepperell, a/k/a East Bay Ray.
Easy Bay Ray defends a punk-rock legacy
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 08, 2010

Screaming Females at SPACE Gallery, September 27

Screaming Females have played Portland regularly as their blog-fueled star has risen; the buzz behind them is of a time-honored punk tradition (their albums are fine, but they are essential live viewing), but their punk itself is not.
Music seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 08, 2010

Abe Vigoda | Crush

Over the past three years, Abe Vigoda have made some serious progress, going from California kids making cryptic but pretense-free DIY clatter to the sole opening band on one of Vampire Weekend's national tours.
Post Present Medium (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  October 01, 2010

No Age | Everything In Between

What are a couple of LA noise rats like No Age trying to say with a stargazing track like "Katerpiller" smack in the middle of their new album?
Sub Pop (2010)
By MATT PARISH  |  September 24, 2010


After the oil spill, an aging punk rocker takes the stage

It's a Thursday around noon, and I'm sitting in the Hi-Ho Lounge, a dimly-lit dive bar on St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 13, 2010

Review: Green Day: Rock Band

Activision has pumped out rhythm games centered on a single band — Aerosmith, Metallica, and Van Halen have all had their own Guitar Hero . Harmonix has offered only The Beatles: Rock Band . Until now.
Repeat, repeat
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 25, 2010

Against Me! | White Crosses

For a while, Against Me! were the most impassioned band on the planet.
Sire (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  June 25, 2010

Welcome to Chateau Rex

75orLess Records strikes again with another stoner-rock scorcher in Chateau Rex , courtesy of Coma Coma.
A new day rising for Coma Coma
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 28, 2010

Born Ruffians | Say It

Over the past half of Warp’s robust 20-year run, the label’s enduring legacy as a vanguard force in electronic music has drifted as its tastes have gone positively eclectic. The mixed-media future folk of Bibio, the experimental soul of Jamie Lidell, th
Warp (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2010


Unhappy birthday

It seems like only yesterday that I was huddled in the corner of my room, staring listlessly out the window through tear-smeared glasses, absently singing along to “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” and wondering when my life would finally s
The lines sag heavy and deep for Moz
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 21, 2010

Everyone Everywhere | Everyone Everywhere

Remember when emo wasn’t just some watered-down pop-punk version of goth? No? Well . . . it wasn’t.
Tiny Engines (2010)
By LEOR GALIL  |  May 21, 2010

Review: Against Me! at Port City Music Hall

My sophomore year in college I met a girl named Erin. She had bleached blonde spiky hair, tattoos, and a lip ring. She had spent the previous year hitchhiking around the country and while I was attending outdoor arena concerts, she was at basement punk s
Against Me!, live at Port City Music Hall, April 28
By BRIDGET M. BURNS  |  May 07, 2010

Band of brothers

Acclaimed local director David Bettencourt immortalizes Providence-via-Attleboro punk pioneers Neutral Nation in his latest documentary, It’s a Bash! .
It’s a Bash! tells the Neutral Nation story
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 30, 2010

SXSW 2010 (Friday): [Photos] Hole at Stubb's

Photos of Hole performing at Stubb's Bar-B-Q for SPIN Magazine's SXSW party on March 19, 2010
Hole at SPIN Magazine's party, March 19, 2010
By KELLY DAVIDSON  |  March 26, 2010


SXSW 2010 (Saturday): [Photos] J Mascis, Exene Cervenka, and Fucked Up

Photos of J Mascis, Exene Cervenka, and Fucked Up, live at SXSW 2010
Live at SXSW 2010 on March 20, 2010
By KELLY DAVIDSON  |  March 26, 2010

Boys meet girls

Much of the press tumult over Beach House has focused on how the duo’s idiosyncratic musical style folds into a surging wave of like-minded indie artists eschewing rock histrionics for a gentler path to the hearts of music listeners.
What duos do
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 26, 2010


It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
By GREG COOK  |  March 26, 2010

Iggy & The Stooges | Raw Power (Legacy Edition)

We can argue all you want about proto-this and seminal that, but when Raw Power is on the stereo, it’s hard to deny that it’s the greatest rock record ever.
Columbia/Legacy (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 26, 2010