Articles tagged punk

Pussy Riot and the Art of Political Pranks

Why has the West taken such interest in Pussy Riot? Would our reactions be so different if a similar incident occurred in one of our major cathedrals, synagogues, or mosques?

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Hunx and His Punx: Street Punk

Hunx returns with His Punx after his excellent 2012 solo album Hairdresser Blues. Where that album showed him moving in a softer and more sentimental direction, Street Punk completely reverses course in the best way possible.

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David Markey & Heavy Friends: Volume Infinite

Thick Syrup does it again. Twenty years after the fact, they're releasing something mainstream America won't understand for another 20 years... by design.

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Gogol Bordello: Pura Vida Conspiracy

Gypsy folk punk may be too idiosyncratic to ever be mainstream. That said, if there ever was a Gogol Bordello album that deserves to launch them onto American radio waves, it’s Pura Vida Conspiracy.

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Trolling the Player: Punk Aesthetics and the “Anti-Fun” of Suda 51’s Games

Suda 51's games are smart, and, of course, annoying as hell, due to the frequency of repetitive tasks and the banal nature of such activities. Often enough, Suda's goal in game design seems not to be in facilitating a fun experience for the player but to troll his own audience. And I kind of love him for it.

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Rip Rig & Panic - “Sunken Love” (song review)

The fun-loving, anarchic jazz-punkers projected their sumptiously cool slice of post-punk pop into the future with 1983's "Sunken Love", a number that was jaw-droppingly far ahead of its time.

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20 May 2013 // 11:02 PM

Odonis Odonis: Better EP

Odonis Odonis' Better EP is louder, darker, and uglier than its predecessor, the noisy, surf-minded Hollandaze. But the hooks are still there, buried mile-deep in feedback and sludge.

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Wire Never Propped Up Punk’s Posing Corpse: ‘Read & Burn’

"With the meaningless luxury of hindsight", Wilson Neate echoes back at the band its own detachment -- and its dry wit. This reverberates with his own sharp, honest, but affectionate reaction to Wire's sounds and moods.

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Toxic Holocaust: From the Ashes of Nuclear Destruction

Joel Grind takes us on a career-spanning tour of the blackened thrash demon that is Toxic Holocaust on this career-spanning compilation.

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Music That Hits You in the Body: An Interview With the Thermals’ Westin Glass

Thermals drummer Westin Glass talks about touring, staying D.I.Y. and the group’s back-to-basics approach on their new record.

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The Thermals: Desperate Ground

A consummate and brilliantly constructed 26-minute punk concept album. The Thermals are blowing hot hot hot.

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Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine: White People and the Damage Done

Jello Biafra's topical references still cause one to reach for the encyclopedia (or at least Wikipedia) and his voice still has that banshee wail, but his lyrics are caricatured extremes.

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The Men Premiere New Track, “Electric” (stream)

"Piano, mandolin, harmonica, four-part vocal harmonies and even no-input harsh noise all weave their way through New Moon," says Brooklyn group.

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The Magnificent Seven: Bazillion Points, All Metal and Punk Pens Blazing

Since it launched in 2007, Bazillion Points has released seven of the best books about metal and punk, including the very best book about metal, yet.

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21 Oct 2012 // 11:18 PM

Jamming the Pistols

While the Sex Pistols were specifically designed to cause havoc, the Jam started as a community hall dance band, doing watered-down Beatles covers and Motown standards for disinterested pub-goers and overboozed wedding guests.

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Lament of the Middle Aged Punk

Staring at the churning whirlpool of fists and flannels revolving around Keith Morris as he spat out the anthems of my youth, I wonder why, despite my advancing middle age, I never managed to give up on punk rock.

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Texas Music Triumphs in the iTunes Era

Some music labels aim to score the next flavor of the week; others, like Saustex in Texas, buckle down and see seminal and compelling backyard styles.

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5 Jun 2012 // 11:00 PM

The Hives: Lex Hives

Lex Hives is a real disappointment, as if they’ve forked out a fortune fitting electric doors to their tiny, untidy garage and then thrown out all the amps in favour of a mid-life-crisis-mobile.

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Sigourney Reverb: Bees in Your Bed

Thank heaven for Sigourney Reverb.

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The Static Jacks: If You’re Young

Youthful New Jersey rockers the Static Jacks burst out of the gate with a promising full-length debut.

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