Five New Bands at Day Two of Riot Fest

Riot Fest 2016 by Sarah Hess for Best New Bands

Chicago – Day two of Riot Fest went off without a hitch. That is to say, Morrissey showed up and performed. Although, he did go on late after projecting video clips for over thirty minutes straight… but according to his die-hard fans, that’s just his regular “intro.” Whatevs. To each is own, right? Luckily, none

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Slaves Releases Music Video for “Spit It Out”

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New York – UK punk band Slaves has released a new music video for the single “Spit It Out,” from the duo’s upcoming sophomore LP Take Control, set for release September 30th via Republic Records. Take Control is available for pre-order here! “Spit It Out” is an explosion of punk-rock fury, produced by one of the legends of early

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IDestroy’s Bec Jevons Talks Party Punk and Leather

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London – Bristol three-piece IDestroy has been on the attack since the February release of debut EP, Vanity Loves Me. Regularly packing them in both at hometown venues and further afield, the young trio of singer-guitarist Bec Jevons, Becky Baldwin on bass, and backing vocals and drummer Jenn Haneef trades in short, infectious tunes with a cutting edge.

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Beach Slang Makes Fans Feel at Home

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Chicago – The beauty in the punk scene is the camaraderie, and on Monday night at Bottom Lounge, there was plenty of it. Philly four-piece Beach Slang was performing for a packed house. Frontman James Alex couldn’t believe so many people showed up and filled the room. Upon first getting a glimpse during load-in, he worried

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FIDLAR Announce Album Details, New Song


On January 22 (and February 4 for our friends in the UK), our favorite new punks FIDLAR are finally releasing their eagerly anticipated self-titled debut album via Mom & Pop (Wichita in the UK). If that’s not enough, new track “White on White.”  some of the songs are repeats from the band’s EP, if you

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Japandroids Destroy San Francisco


The Independent in San Francisco holds 500 people. It is the premier small venue in the Bay Area. On Thursday, Vancouver sent their premier small band and the two converged in a symbiotic mind meld that turned San Francisco into a place where degenerates, punkers and drunkards were one. I knew Japandroids had a phenomenal

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