Columns

Rob Coons Photo Column—Lolly Gaggers

The Lolly Gaggers recently played their last show ever and pushed the energy level of the audience off the charts. People were stage diving, slam dancing, singing along, and turning the club into a sweaty, swirling mass of happy punx!

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Lorien Lamarr Photo Column—SMALL

SMALL also makes for another great entry for my favorite genre: bummer party punk. I’ve never wanted to participate in someone’s therapy session before. Even if I had, I wouldn't have expected it to be a celebration.

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One Punk Goes to the Movies: The Beautiful Brutality of “Mad God” or Phil Tippett: The Most Creative Person in Hollywood You’ve Never Heard of By James Rosario

From the mind of one of Hollywood’s most important yet unknown special effects geniuses comes Mad God, a disturbing yet poetic journey through a world gone insane.

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Chris Boarts Larson Photo Column—The Radicts, crowd shot

This photo is from early 1991, when friends took over the mic for the sing-a-longs, with boots and spikes, fists and feet all just part of the mêlée.

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Leaving Earth on My Terms by Yann Bourdeau

I’d like when my life will be ending to leave it on my own terms.

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Rob Coons Photo Column—Twompsax

Twompsax is easily one of the most exciting and energetic punks bands playing today. Cher’s infectious energy pushes their live shows to another level of intensity!

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Journey to the End of Daytona Beach by Will Kenneth

Will made plans to play their first punk show in Daytona Beach, but they found themself on a bizarre road trip with a stranger, and nothing seemed to be going right.

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Chris Chappell Photo Column—Laura Jane Grace

Seeing Laura play in Seattle on May 27, 2022 at The Showbox in Seattle gave me a whole new appreciation for her songs. She was having so much fun and that energy spread through the audience. Grace performed songs from across her deep catalog—Against Me! Tracks, to ones off recent solo albums, and even “Harsh Realms” off her underrated 2008 EP, Heart Burns.

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Factory Reset by Jamie L. Rotante

Eliminating what doesn’t serve me, and seeing how long I can last without.

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Lorien Lamarr Photo Column—Spray Tan

No one could tell me how it started, but throwing your empties at Spray Tan is not only welcomed, it’s encouraged. It’s crowd participation. It’s almost recycling. It’s perfect.

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Being True to My Punk Beliefs by Yann Bourdeau

The first thing I learned from punk is to question authority. Over time, it became “Question yourself over authority.”

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Chris Boarts Larson Photo Column—Lebenden Toten

Screeching guitar feedback, pummeling and chaotic d-beats, breathless vocals. This is lo-fi noise with stylistic intention that plays homage to and draws from Japanese hardcore bands like Confuse.

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