Staff: Should we still support sexist labels?

Epitaph Records

The staff over at For The Love of Punk have been having some dilemmas. It seems it’s getting harder and harder to support Epitaph Records. During the last year a lot of people across the world wide web have spoken up about problems with the once mighty label (read this awesome bit by Dan Ozzi of Jaded Punk to get up to speed). The label that dominated the 1990s has become a cesspool of shitty bands, with a few exceptions. …

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10 “Underground” Bands To Check Out At FEST 12

The Fest 12

Fest 12 is just around the corner!!! This will be my first time making the pilgrimage to this punk rock mecca in Gainesville, Florida and, I have to say, I’m pretty stoked. There are plenty of heavy hitters that I’m excited to see but I’m also looking forward to rocking with a lot of bands that I haven’t seen before and catching up with some of the more “underground” bands that I’ve come to love. As you’re penciling in your FEST schedule, …

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Column / Gallery: I Didn’t Go To Riot Fest

Hard Skin

I Didn’t Go To Riot Fest by Patrick Houdek The Replacements, Rancid, AFI, Joan Jett, Screeching Weasel, Pennywise, Against Me!, Danzig, Bad Religion, etc…yeah, I didn’t see any of those bands – I didn’t go to Riot Fest Chicago 2013. I’m not much of a festival fan these days. I used to like to go back when I drank lots of booze. Sure I had fun at Warped Tour ten years ago – but I spent 99% of the time …

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The Longest Shadow: Remembering Joe Strummer

Ten years ago I was a baby: Freshly “punk,” full of nihilism and had barely begun to sink my teeth into the scene that would end up defining most of my life. I discovered Joe Strummer and The Clash a few months after being introduced to punk music. A friend living across the country from me regularly sent me playlists and CDs full of tunes and bands he thought I’d be into. Usually he was right, we shared a lot …

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More Betterness: Memories of Tony Sly

Tony Sly

Damn my obsession with constant social media updates. Running sound for a corporate talking head is easy so, like a good ‘merican, I spend a fair amount of time on my phone. Scrolling through my Facebook feed, I saw a news item from Fat Wreck that said “In Memoriam: Tony Sly“. The idea of his death was so outside the realm of possibility (like, Narnia impossible) that my first thought was, “Oh, a new Tony Sly album or song called …

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Whether Six Pack or Six String

From 9 to Forever

I passed the chipped paint exterior through the industrial freezer door and stepped into the tiny corner shop. The inside was brown with wood grain and full of bottles, colored tinctures, and other assorted potions. Someone who had strolled in out of curiosity might mistake it for a witch’s walk-in pantry. I noted the grain bins and scoopers and barrels and tubing and tried to take in as much as I could: I wanted to get a feel for what …

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Lalo’s Garage

I pulled into the driveway with my pickup gate facing Lalo’s house. He stood behind the garage door and lifted it up as I stepped out of my truck. His face was naturally tan and had deep lines- deeper than they probably should’ve been for his age- and his hair was combed back, solid black aside from the graying on the sides, just above and beside his ears. “Kelly?” I smiled like I already knew him. “Yep. You must be …

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A Plea

Most of us will never be the “ultimate version”* of ourselves; we’ll never be the best we can be, never lead the best possible life we can live. Some of us may get glimpses of it in a reflection from a passing bus window, only to have it move along without pausing for us to really savor it. Some may get it a little longer, having a few months or years where they appear to have been touched by the …

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