If there is one thing I love in Austin, it's going to punk shows. The crowds are always some of the coolest people with the craziest stories. July 16th was no exception, especially with Lower Class Brats and The Applicators, The Casualties filled Red 7 with killer energy.
Formed in 1990, The Casualties took the stage with less umph than Iíve seen before but I think itís because they were lacked the mohawk of frontman Jorge Herrera. The band tore through song after song of their enormous catalog, most of which is hardcore punk- so hardcore to the point that I canít always understand whatís being said.
Happy July! It is the 182nd day of the year, which means there are only 183 days left, which means we are halfway through 2014 so it is time to make lists. Today we present to you our Mid-Year Report, the very best of what came out in the first six months of the year as determined by your AP.net staff members. In the replies, you can check out our compiled staff list along with our individual rankings, and as always, please tell us what we missed, what's ranked too high or too low, or that you 100% agree with everything we've ever said.
In response to AltPress.com's column today about why 5 Seconds Of Summer are important to pop-punk, I've written an opinion piece about why that's just not true...but how there are a few bands that could help the genre move back into the mainstream spotlight. Check it out in the replies.
In the mainstream media, ďpop-punkĒ is used as a simple and quick catch-all to describe any band that might ever sound for a minute or two like it might one day play the Vans Warped Tour. Itís an easy way to get a point across for people who, genuinely, probably do not know or care about the nuances behind what makes a pop-punk band different from a punk band different from a pop-rock band different...