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Which band matches with your favorite coffee drink?

Coffee and music are both essential things. From Panic! At The Disco to Jimmy Eat World, see which type of coffee your favorite bands are. → Read More

How well do you know basic pop-punk trivia?

Everyone thinks they know pop punk, but do you have what it takes to score 100 percent on our quiz? Try your expansive knowledge out below. → Read More

Watsky shares his ‘COMPLAINT’ loud and clear

Watsky is finally embracing the negative side of life as well as his vocal capabities in a new take on his life story, ‘COMPLAINT.’ → Read More

Find out which spooky tune matches your zodiac sign

The mystical aura surrounding zodiac signs is perfectly suited for Halloween, so we thought you might be interested in which spooky tune matches your zodiac → Read More

10 bands who are gone, but should never be forgotten

Bands come and go, so here’s a list of bands who never quite got the recognition they deserved and are sadly no longer with us. → Read More

Why a Marilyn Manson and Trent Reznor collab album is the dark future we need

Very few music partnerships are as fabled as that of Manson and Reznor, but we're totally holding out for a future collab album. → Read More

11 songs that remind us of home

Home is a pretty broad term that means a lot of things to a lot of different people. Luckily, music often gives us a chance to process these feelings through lyrics that hit…well, home. Read more: Trophy Eyes work to restore ‘The American Dream’ on upcoming album From tracks that celebrate our hometowns to the feeling … → Read More

10 songs that will help you feel less alone

It’s hard to deny that music has a lot of power. No matter what mood or emotion you’re feeling, there’s a song to suit it. Whether it’s a lyric that sweeps you away or a beautiful melody that gives you guidance, chances are there’s a song to help you through any tough time. Below you’ll find a list of songs that could help you through any feeling; from dealing with loneliness, depression and… → Read More

QUIZ: Which blink-182 era are you?

You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy at least one blink-182 song. For well over two decades, they’ve been bringing us albums filled with tracks that remind us of life and growing up—the good, the bad and the ugly. We’ve seen them go from plucky pop-punk high schoolers to behemoth legends of the game and each member, old or new, has played a part of that story. So, where… → Read More

QUIZ: Which blink-182 era are you?

You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy at least one blink-182 song. For well over two decades, they’ve been bringing us albums filled with tracks that remind us of life and growing up—the good, the bad and the ugly. Read more: Watch blink-182’s Mark Hoppus address bassists’ onstage boredom We’ve seen them go from … → Read More

Op-ed: Why style matters in music

Growing up we’ve all tried to emulate some aspect of a band that we’ve fallen for. Even our parents would’ve gone for a hairstyle or wardrobe that echoed that of their musical infatuations(as much as we like to disagree, they were cool once, too). It’s a fact that music and aesthetics are two things that go hand in hand. Just look at the number of bands/artists who have their own fashion brands:… → Read More

Op-ed: Why style matters in music

Growing up we’ve all tried to emulate some aspect of a band that we’ve fallen for. Even our parents would’ve gone for a hairstyle or wardrobe that echoed that of their musical infatuations(as much as we like to disagree, they were cool once, too). It’s a fact that music and aesthetics are two things that … → Read More

10 expensive merch items you might actually want, but can’t afford

[Photo by: Foo Fighters] The items on this list are ones that not only sit pretty on the higher end of the price range—but also are just plain ridiculous. From expensive-as-hell My Chemical Romance action figures to a KISS pinball machine, sure, we’d love everything on this list, but for now we’ll just consider this a completely unattainable wishlist. My Chemical Romance action heroes set —… → Read More

10 expensive merch items you might actually want, but can’t afford

The Rolling Stones, No Filter logo leather jacket — $685 Of course the Rolling Stones have a leather jacket that tops out at nearly $700. Featuring their classic logo on the back, it’s pretty good-looking to be fair, but that’s a hell of a lot of gig tickets for one jacket. Paramore T-shirt blanket — $150 This one is a pretty clever idea for any old band shirts you might have lying about that no… → Read More

10 best band fansites and websites, from Linkin Park to ATL

Once upon a time, fan clubs were run via postal services, paying a certain amount of money for various gifts and letters from bands. Then the internet happened, and forums began with pages and pages of like-minded people sharing their opinions, recent acquisitions and meeting-the-band stories. Now, we’re at a point where we can find out pretty much anything we want to know about our new favorite… → Read More

10 lost, or forgotten, music documentaries—from Blink-182 to Green Day

Music documentaries are great, aren’t they? They’re a chance to really see how your favorite bands do their thing. When done right, they offer a candid look at people we all admire. However, some docs either don’t even see the light of day or actually make their way out into the world, but fall out of the consciousness of the music community. Here we’ve collected a bunch of those that were never… → Read More

10 lost or forgotten music documentaries—from blink-182 to Green Day

Music documentaries are great, aren’t they? They’re a chance to really see how your favorite bands do their thing. When done right, they offer a candid look at people we all admire. However, some docs either don’t even see the light of day or actually make their way out into the world, but fall out … → Read More

OP-ED: +44 gave us one of the best Blink-182 albums

Back in 2005, the unthinkable happened: The members of Blink-182 went their separate ways and left us with as many questions as there were cloudy expectations. Their self-titled album was their most mature and experimental work, and the evolution from teen angst-ridden pop punk and dick jokes was a shock, but it was welcomed with open arms because it showed Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis… → Read More

11 Linkin Park deep cuts that hold more depth than you probably realized

It’s no secret that Linkin Park tracks are often fraught with emotion and pain. We’re all aware of the massive singles they’ve had over nearly the last two decades. But if you really delve into the back catalogue, you’ll find overlooked tracks that hold more depth than you probably realized. “Robot Boy” (A Thousand Suns, 2010) “But someday/The weight of the world will give you the strength to… → Read More

11 Linkin Park deep cuts that hold more depth than you probably realized

“IN MY REMAINS” (LIVING THINGS, 2012) “Set this silence free/To wash away the worst of me” The Linkin Park album that amalgamated everything they’d done before, LIVING THINGS felt like the organic progression everything had been leading to. With “In My Remains,” the sparkle of electronica that leads to a more rock-based chorus only serves as a canvas for the honest lyricism Bennington brings out… → Read More