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The Top 20 Punk Protest Songs for July 4th

As punk music history verifies, American citizenry are not all shiny, happy people. These 20 songs reflect the other side of patriotism -- free speech brandished by the brave and uncouth.

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The 10 Best Punk Albums of 2010

Punk rock gives voice to the hardest of times. As punk is a wide-ranging umbrella genre saturated with numerous subcultures, styles, aesthetics, and attitudes, making a list is more like trying to super-glue together a ripped and torn fanzine. But try, we must.

Performing Arts

All That Turns to Gold: The Post-Punk Alchemy of My Gold Mask!

Chicago's artfully embellished trio My Gold Mask deliver style, panache, and otherworldy grooves with eerie ease.

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Abandoning the Ear? Punk and Deaf Convergences Part II

Deaf and punk cultures seem to share a similar outsider status, and Deaf clubs and social media, like punk bars and fanzines, offer refuge and regeneration, community-building and cures for boredom.

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Abandoning the Ear? Punk and Deaf Convergences Part I

The vibrant subcultures of deaf and punk communities have a long, storied, and interwoven under-the-radar past that sheds light on both allies.

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Dissident Dissonance: The Rites of Springs Demos

The scrappy demos of Rites of Spring reveal the passion, fury, and profundity of an entire genre recasted and re-imagined.

Politics

Occupy Literature: New York from Melville to the Beats

Before Occupy Wall Street rattled the money merchants, Herman Melville and the Beats shook the city's foundation with gumption and glee.

Books

Endless Nights and Savage Angels: Henry James and Walt Whitman's New York Cityscapes

New York is a symbol that claws its way into the core of stories. It's never just a set piece, never just a grid of architecture. It's a city of multitudes, madness, and muddied values.

Music

Sound and Fury Still Cometh: Brazen Vic Bondi

Vic Bondi is a singular voice in American hardcore punk counterculture, who symbolizes how getting older gracefully doesn't mean squashing youthful fury and fervor.

Travel

Piercing the Shell of Portland's Hype

As America’s pop culture boomtown, Portland may be held hostage to its own ever-expanding clichés. Or not.

Culture

The American Flag, Revisited

A July 4th photo essay, on seeing the American Flag in a different light.

Music

Distort Me Deadly: The Top 10 Female Punk Bands

For three decades, punk's not-so-secret weapon -- pioneering women -- have shaped the sonic template and bristling attitude of underground music's teeming core.

Music

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.

Music

The Heavy Lure of Lungfish

Lungfish squeezes primordial urges out of post-hardcore song craft.

Music

Feel the Wattage!: The 10 Best Mike Watt Songs

To celebrate four decades of Mike Watts' musical journeyman jaunts, and his indelible and inchoate style and storytelling, PopMatters sheds light on ten zenith tracks by the underground rock hero.

Music

Top Ten Lost Midwest Punk Singles

From the basement dust bins come the sound and fury of the flatlands! Sounds Affects takes a look at ten outstanding obscure punk 45s from the American Midwest.

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Arctic Rodeo

Film

Reluctant Gunslingers and Incorrigible She-Devils

Can classic Hollywood films help us navigate today’s environment of political apathy and cynical media saturation?

Music

A Savvy Soundtrack to Modern Decay

The Artcore fanzine produces another compilation LP that showcases the brutal beauty of punk in the present tense.

Culture

The Future is Female

Sometimes, the prism of the future can be envisioned in the kitchen and playground, in unexpected forms of empowerment.

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Artcore

Music

War on Women Begins the Righteous Fight!

By mixing darker shades of old school and modern hardcore with incisive feminist diatribes, War on Women produces a walloping torpedo of truth.

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Exotic Fever


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