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Chris Chappell Photo Column—Seattle Pop Punk Festival

I feel very lucky to live in a city with an event like the Seattle Pop Punk Festival. It’s a celebration of the culture, community, and music of pop punk ranging several generations of the genre.

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Chris Chappell Photo Column—Fest 21

Heading down to The Fest in Gainesville, Fla. feels like going to summer camp. I see many “camp friends,” folks who I only interact with at The Fest and on the internet. The weekend is a welcome escape from the trials and tribulations of daily life in our capitalist society. But this year, between the hugs and high fives, something hung over this year’s Fest.

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Chris Chappell Photo Column—Bumbershoot 2023

Giant outdoor festivals usually aren’t for me. Having to brave a crowd to stand thousands of feet away from a band does not sound like a fun time. When the 2023 Bumbershoot lineup dropped, I was immediately thrilled. Jawbreaker, Descendents, Radioactivity, Screaming Females, and Sleater-Kinney playing ten bus stops away from my apartment… I couldn’t resist.

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Black Flag, Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge, Mass., 04/20/2023 By Kurt Morris

Forget the band that put out What The… and produced the infamous 2003 cat benefit show, because this version of Black Flag is a surprisingly talented and tight re-creation.

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Amyl And The Sniffers, 2/6/23, The Vermont Hollywood By Charlotte Pinkerson

The love child of The Plasmatics and The Cosmic Psychos, Australian punk powerhouse Amyl And The Sniffers rocked L.A., highlighting the fire and frenzy they bring to punk in the modern age.

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Fest 20—Photo Essay by Chris Chappell

On the last weekend of October in Gainesville, Fla., when all the college kids leave town for a football game, thousands of punks descend on the small college town for three days of punk rock, PBR, and hugs.

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Emo Night with DJ Katie Sutton, Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB, Oct 22 2022 by C E Hoffman

As the songs say, we’re not afraid to keep on living. We are not afraid to walk this world alone... I am alive, which means I survived.

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Sneaker Club, Outer Rooms, June Body, and Brocoy at Duffy’s Tavern, Toronto, ON, Nov 21, 2019 by C E Hoffman

Like all music, it only works if you give in to those stirring vibrations, the messy hair, that line of sweat down your back as you dance, hips aligned to that fine, supple stream of sound.

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Kill Lincoln, S.M.N., Eat Defeat, Thirsty Guys, and Strong Zero, October 26, 2019 at Sidebar, Baltimore, Md. by Will Malkus

There’s a moment that comes every so often at a good, high-energy show where you’re forced to stop for a moment and recognize that you may have just injured yourself.

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On the road with Walt Hamburger by Lorien Lamarr

Walt Hamburger used to be best known for his role in the punk trio The Hamburgers. Working merch, at least once per show I explained that Hamburger was not Walt’s given surname, saying “It’s sorta like Joey Ramone, except instead of Ramone, he’s a Hamburger.”

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Curse Words Album Release with BraceFace, The Split Seconds, and Accidents, 08/09/2019 at the Pie Shop, Washington, DC By Will Malkus

Existential dread vs. Washington DC’s intergalactic champions Curse Words! Who wins?

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Pouzza Fest 9, Montreal, Q.C., 5/17/19-5/19/19 By Will Malkus

I’ve often heard Montreal’s Pouzza Fest referred to as “Fest spring training,” but now in its ninth year of operation it’s pretty clear to see that Pouzza Fest is in the process of developing its own identity, out from under the shadow of its larger and older fellow.

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