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  • Lemuria

    published December 30, 2010

    Buffalo, New York, is kind of a weird scene. It's given us both hardcore hellions Polar Bear Club and pop-punk pansies Cute Is What We Aim For.... More >>

  • The Queers

    published December 16, 2010

    Sure, it might have been a shocking band name twenty-plus years ago, but really, calling your band the Queers is almost quaint today.... More >>

  • Pierce the Veil

    published December 16, 2010

    Pierce the Veil is a better band than its associations make it out to be. Yes, the group is currently on tour with crabcore jokers... More >>

  • My Chemical Romance

    published December 9, 2010

    You know the phrase "Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger"? Well, we wouldn't be surprised if the four members of New Jersey rock... More >>

  • Tim Kasher

    published December 9, 2010

    For more than a decade, Tim Kasher has guided Cursive and the Good Life through concept albums about weighty topics such as God and... More >>

  • Blackpool Lights

    published December 2, 2010

    Midwestern emo forefathers the Get Up Kids reunited in 2008, which meant that guitarist/vocalist Jim Suptic put his post-TGUK band, the... More >>

  • Fake Problems

    published December 2, 2010

    Most discerning punks considered Fake Problems to be just one of many Against Me! clones that sprouted up following that band's 2002... More >>

  • Hawthorne Heights

    published November 25, 2010

    In sports terminology, 2010 has been a "rebuilding year" for Hawthorne Heights. Once kings of the Warped Tour screamo heap, the Dayton,... More >>

  • A Day to Remember

    published November 11, 2010

    Of all the bands currently operating within the popcore scene, A Day to Remember is unarguably — and even sort of inexplicably... More >>

  • Barenaked Ladies

    published November 4, 2010

    Barenaked Ladies fans — don't lie, you know you're out there — had quite the scare when co-vocalist Steven Page (a.k.a. the... More >>

  • Sleigh Bells

    published October 27, 2010

    New York City duo Sleigh Bells is the rare buzz band that not only has a ton of hype but also has the record sales to back it up. More... More >>

  • Terrible Things

    published October 27, 2010

    If you want disposable pop or comically ignorant hip-hop, a major label is the place to be, but the lack of guitar-based bands on their rosters... More >>

  • Portugal. The Man

    published October 13, 2010

    What a difference eight years makes: In 2002, Portugal. The Man singer John Gourley was fronting screamo band Anatomy of a Ghost —... More >>

  • Bob Nanna & Mark Rose

    published October 6, 2010

    Few companies have matched the crowdsourcing success of the Chicago-based online clothing store Threadless. People submit T-shirt designs,... More >>

  • Alice in Chains/Deftones/Mastodon

    published September 29, 2010

    The art of the package tour has been lost in recent years, mainly because so many labels are paying big acts to take out baby bands in the hope... More >>

  • Wheatus

    published September 22, 2010

    Although you may know Wheatus only for its sole micro-hit, 2000's "Teenage Dirtbag," the rock sextet hasn't stopped making music. To the... More >>

  • AM Taxi

    published September 15, 2010

    Originally known as American Taxi (until bluegrass group Great American Taxi got itself some legal representation), AM Taxi might at... More >>

  • Valient Thorr

    published September 8, 2010

    A decade into its career, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, rockers Valient Thorr still stick to the shtick that its members are from Venus... More >>

  • Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band

    published September 1, 2010

    The Reverend Peyton is the definition of a "man's man." He's the kind of guy whose beard has its own beard. (Seriously, check Google... More >>

  • Swingin' Utters

    published August 25, 2010

    It must be kind of awkward being in the Swingin' Utters. While the group has been functioning since 1987, its biggest claim to fame is... More >>

  • Coheed and Cambria/Porcupine Tree/the Dear Hunter

    published August 18, 2010

    It took a decade of slogging through the trenches of contemporary punk and emo, but Coheed and Cambria finally did it: The band is now... More >>

  • Boris

    published August 11, 2010

    Make no bones about it: The Japanese take their heavy metal seriously. The perfect example? Boris. The long-running Japanese metal band... More >>

  • Rooney

    published August 4, 2010

    Being multitalented kind of sucks. Think of all the actors-turned-musicians who get constantly slagged in the press as being "phony" and/or... More >>

  • Neon Trees

    published August 4, 2010

    No matter how maligned the genre may be today, one thing remains true: Ska brings people together. Take genre footnote Attaboy Skip. The... More >>

  • Gogol Bordello

    published August 4, 2010

    For a few years in the mid-'00s, the name Gogol Bordello was on the tip of everyone's tongue. Led by wildly charismatic (and wildly... More >>

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