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The closer and closer we inch away from heavier, punky sounding music the more brilliantly talented punk bands sprawl onto the alternative scene pulling us right back in for more.

In a time when the music industry is heavily dominated by male artists, a small revival of female rock bands are thankfully coming out of the woodwork. If you are not familiar with the Riot Grrrls, it was a movement of music and culture in the early ’90s that revolved around feminism, political activism and rock and roll in Washington State, that later spread across the country. Even though it became a recognizable genre in the ’90s, one of the first and most notable Riot Grrl bands was The Runaways, a powerful all female rock band including musical legends such as Joan Jett and Lita Ford; keep in mind, this was pre-The Black Hearts. Despite the band rising to fame in the ’70s, The Runaways paved the way for a plethora of many female punk bands to come decades later.

The sub-genre of punk rock went on to create other iconic female bands such as Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney. Come the 2000’s, the demand for all female punk rock bands heavily decreased as the following grew bored and transitioned into more mainstream music, which at the time was most definitely rock. Male fronted bands like Sum 41, My Chemical Romance, and Fall Out Boy were all slowly rising to fame and the Riot Grrrls faded away for what seemed like forever. This was until a couple of years ago. Here a few punky, indie, powerful, and riot grrrl-esque bands you should be listening to RIGHT NOW.

Cherry Glazerr

Despite this band going through countless lineup changes, leade singer Clem Creevy is the founder of this heavily punk influenced band and has made the band who they are today. Cherry Glazerr have been around for a while and still remain underground, yet are quite popular among the indie crowd. Even though Cherry Glazerr consists of majority female members, and has in the past, they do have one male member. However, similarities to riot grrrl music is so prevalent when listening to this band. The full-frontal vocals and loud instrumentals are most definitely an ode to the once-famous genre. Cherry Glazerr released their second album, Apocalipstick, this year and are currently on tour with Foster the People.

Songs to check out:Told You I’d Be with the Guys” and “Had Ten Dollaz

Hinds

This four-piece punk/indie rock band hails from Spain! That’s right… SPAIN!!! These girls are starting to make a name for themselves in not only their native country, but also America and the U.K. Between their line of quirky clothes at Urban Outfitters to their most recent tour with Twin Peaks, Hinds are probably the most popular band you’ve never heard of. At the moment, they are in the studio writing and recording their second album, however, their first album, Leave Me Alone, did remarkably well amongst the alternative scene. Hinds are also a personal favourite of mine and I’m a bit biased because I love everything they’ve done… but I won’t let that get in the way of telling you how talented they are!! Their strong spirits, all female lineup, and garage rock sound is definitely similar to that of some Riot Grrrl bands.

Songs to check out:Chili Town” and “Castigadas En El Granero

 Dog Party

Even though this duo of sisters from California has been around for a little bit, I only recently discovered this talented band through the Armstrong family… as in Billie Joe (from Green Day) and Joey Armstrong (from SWMRS). Both have mentioned the band and raved about their talent on Instagram and I immediately knew I had to check them out. This band sounds the closest thing to an actual Riot Grrrl band without actually being one. These girls go so hard and I feel so cool blasting their tunes. Their instrumentals transport listeners back to the Riots Grrrl scene, as well as their sarcastically-sounding vocals.

Songs to check out:Peanut Butter Dream” and “Lost Control

The Coathangers:

This is the only band on the list that actually identifies themselves as a Riot Grrrl band, and boy do they sound like they came straight out of the ’90s scene. Even though it seems as if the genre has died down, The Coathangers were lucky enough to have a spot on the Atlanta, GA music festival, Music Midtown’s 2016 lineup. This band is extremely underrated for how powerful and talented they are.

Songs to check out:Perfume” and “Parasite

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Since the debut of Emo Nite, being in Los Angeles on the first Tuesday of the month is on a lot of people’s bucket list. It may be because Mark Hoppus DJed one of the first editions, the constant presence of Jack Barakat, From First to Last’s reunion show, or the three videos Alternative Press shared from the party over the years.

Another explanation could be its craziness; although I’ve never been to one in Los Angeles, I’ve seen the Snaps. According to Morgan, one of the founders, many regulars already have requested the Wednesday after off for the foreseeable future. It could be true, but it was two in the morning and he also told my friends and I we should definitely try to go down to LA sometime for the party.

On July 17th, an edition of the party happened in Cleveland. It wasn’t the most insane night of my life, but it was pretty fun. The tickets only sold out the night before and I can imagine people leaving the free State Champs show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, after almost knocking over the barricade, and purchasing tickets while they listened to “I’m Not Okay” on loop.

Emo Nite LA is not the only one of its kind, there are emo nights in almost every major U.S. city and in places all over the world (I’m serious, my hometown in Brazil has had a pop punk party since 2014). It’s not even the first one, with Emo Night NYC existing since 2011. But it is possibly the best known one.

Enough time has gone by that their middle school pictures are not something to be ashamed of anymore.

Babs, T.J., and Morgan arrived at the after party at Mahall’s in a limousine followed by Jack Barakat. The All Time Low guitarist didn’t even have a set, he was just hanging out there before catching his flight. Frank Zummo (Sum 41) & Adrian Young (No Doubt) left the industry after party (the real one where the label people and artists went) for a DJ and drum set, as did Fil Thorpe-Evans from Neck Deep.

Perhaps the fact that Los Angeles is home to many musicians made it easier for them to reach out and find those willing to press play or take actual guitars to the Echoplex, where the party is held. But there’s something interesting about the three characters that make Emo Nite. I don’t know exactly what it is, but people are drawn to them the same way they are to the songs being played. Every person was facing the turntables all night, as if they were watching a live band.

The term “emo revival” has been thrown around for at least the last couple of years. In 2016, the sense that this subculture was on the radar again had less to do with American Football releasing LP2 than with celebrating the 10th anniversary of My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade, as the kids who were wearing studded belts and black eyeliner back in the day are now responsible for creating Buzzfeed quizzes for readers to find out what % emo they are. Enough time has gone by that their middle school pictures are not something to be ashamed of anymore; rather, they’re a way to tell today’s kids how much better it was back then.

Nostalgia always gets the best of everyone.

Nostalgia always gets the best of everyone. Emo Nite didn’t feel nostalgic for me, though. It could be because I still listen to the records I bought in high school, but I don’t think I was the only one who felt it that night. Every person there could sing along every word of The Wonder Years, All Time Low, and Motion City Soundtrack. No one messed up the lyrics to a single Good Charlotte song, not even the 15-year-old who was there with her parents clearly hoping Josh Dun would be the one to play that drum set.

Maybe parties like this one have drawn that much attention because media’s focusing on what was happening 10 or 15 years ago. And yes, they only play famous songs from each band–I mean, is there one 20-something that does not know the words to “Dance, Dance”?

A few years ago, right when Emo Nite LA (still called Taking Back Tuesday then) gained notoriety, someone sent a tweet in the lines of “I’ve been hosting emo night alone in my room for years, y’all were just too busy to come.” After some laughs, I realized they were actually right. I could scream the words to “MakeDamnSure” by myself while driving to work and once a year when Taking Back Sunday plays a show nearby, or I can do it once a month surrounded by other people who are as into it as I am. I choose the latter.


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It’s no secret that record collecting has become extremely popular within the last few years. Not only is it a cool collection to build, but there’s something so awesome about being able to hold music in your hands (especially with those cool colored pressings).

So, let’s say that you want to start a collection, but you don’t know how, or you aren’t sure where to start. That’s where I come in handy. Being an avid collector for almost 4 years, I’ve learned some helpful tips that I came to pass on to you.

1. Do your research. Look into the type of player you want. Do you want something with built in speakers for less wires and fuss, or do you want something that requires external speakers to get that incredible sound? With those comes an array of colors, styles, and models, and you can really find a player that fits with your style and aesthetic.

2. Keep it local. Support local stores! With the huge boom in collecting, more and more stores have been popping up all over the place. Of course, there are exceptions to that when you’re looking for a specific press or a specific album. Side tip: look in discount bins! Most record stores have them, and you can find some great bargains.

3. Take advantage of Discogs! Discogs is an online database and marketplace, and you can find gallons of information on pressings, and if you want a specific press, there’s a good chance there’s a copy for sale!

4. Be wary of Ebay! Searching for specific albums can be tricky. Especially if it’s a record that was only pressed once about a decade ago (example: the earlier albums for all your favorite emo bands). Most people flock to Ebay- but be warned. People on Ebay tend to hike prices like crazy. I understand maybe that specific album is your favorite album of all time, but don’t worry. Most bands have repressed their albums again and they are now way easier to get. Don’t blow your money on an album that probably isn’t worth it.

Now that you’ve picked out a player and discovered some options as far as shopping goes, let’s talk about some tips for storing and maintaining your collection.

5. When you go record shopping, don’t leave your albums in a hot car! The vinyl can melt, and it would really suck to come home to a melted album.

6. Most people use shelves or bins to store their albums, which is definitely the best way to do it. However, it’s not a great idea to stack them. The pressure can cause the albums to warp or bend, and you definitely don’t want that.

7. Make sure to clean your albums every so often. I use a cleaner that looks like a brush with a velvet cushion, so it doesn’t put too much friction on the grooves. You can get those from most record stores for a decent price!

8. When handling vinyl, make sure not to touch the grooves. The dirt and oils from your hands can seep into the grooves and ruin that part of the record.

9. This one goes out to my festival/concert fam. Since vinyl is way more common than it has been in previous years, artists will usually sell records at their merch tents or tables. While this is a great way to get some vinyl, some exclusive presses, and, if you’re lucky, get it signed by the artist or band themselves, be careful. If you’re out at a summer show, make sure to take note of the heat, and remember that you’ve just purchased some dope vinyl as you head out into the pit.

10. And finally, have fun with it! Record collections are such a personal and unique collection that can showcase a big part of who you are as a person! The limit does not exist!

Overall, collecting records is an awesome way to collect your favorite albums, and it’s a great way to listen to music. It’s a unique experience, and there’s so many options to get the experience and feeling you want. Happy collecting!

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Picture this: You’re having a blast at a concert, screaming lyrics to your favorite songs and someone mutters the wretched term “fangirl” under their breath. Has this happened to you before? Okay, how about this: You hear a group of guys discussing “harder” bands like Metallica and you chime in to mention how you enjoy their music and the group discussion suddenly shuts you down because you don’t look like you would listen to that music. If you’re a female fan of alternative/rock music, it’s more than likely you’ve had to endure a situation like this, or at least to an extent. I, personally, cannot even count the numerous times I’ve been looked down upon by male fans.

When I was thirteen, I began to get into pop punk bands like Neck Deep, The Story So Far, State Champs, and New Found Glory. This was at a time when I was not as into indie music like I am now, a scene that is more welcoming than pop punk. At this point I was super excited to rave about these bands on twitter and attend concerts, however, I felt as if male fans were always looking down upon me as just a “fangirl” because I was a young female in a crowd of older guys. This began to intimidate me more and more as I grew older.

I would be waiting in line with my friends, ready to enter the venue to see All Time Low or State Champs and I would be freaking out about how excited I was to see my favorite bands or how much I loved Jack Barakat (still true, friends!) However, I always felt like someone was giving me a dirty look or talking about me for being “too obsessed” or “not a big enough fan.” There is literally no middle ground here. Finally, this got to me. I hated being looked down upon as just another fangirl. I wanted to abide by the laws of pop punk according to ignorant male fans, or what I thought at the time: be calm, don’t freak out, only go to head bang to cool music and to ONLY listen to heavy music. Therefore, I deleted all of the One Direction and 5SOS from my phone, telling myself it was too uncool and I would be a fangirl and would not be taken seriously by my peers if I continued to do so.

I was a young female in a crowd of older guys. This began to intimidate me more and more as I grew older.

Looking back to that point in my life now, it’s honestly the stupidest thing I’ve ever done! Do you know how many times I would be in the grocery store and hear “Stockholm Syndrome” by One Direction and I couldn’t sing along because it would be “too uncool” or how I could not longer post MCM photos of Ben Barlow from Neck Deep because I didn’t want to be seen as just another female fan? It sucked. However, I slowly grew out of pop punk, because of the negativity the scene seemed to drag along with it. I currently only go to alternative and indie concerts, so I haven’t had to deal with that sort of sexism at shows in a while. To be totally honest, I learned to just not care. I’m going to like what I like no matter what.

Even though it may only seem like female fans are looked down upon in music, this is completely untrue. Female musicians and music journalists alike are constantly faced with double standards and sexism. Female frontwomen such a Hayley Williams of Paramore and Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES have spoken out about the unfairness of the music industry. For example, I just read an article the other day about how Mayberry called out a male fan in the crowd because he asked to marry her.  Williams also has tweeted about issues like this and also has showed her annoyance with the constant interview question asked to her: “What’s it like to be a female in a band?” As much as we (females) speak out about how unfair the music industry is, the industry will never listen, unless we take a stand and make a change.

Along with that, more and more we are seeing headlines about female fans being sexually abused by male musicians. It’s almost becoming normalized. I constantly am seeing new allegations whenever I read Alternative Press or Rolling Stone Magazine and it’s truly disheartening to see how some artists take advantage of their fans just because they may appear to come across as “fangirls”. Along with this, the majority get away with it because these young fans are too afraid to tell anyone. Whether it’s their decision or not, the abuse is never brought to the attention of the authorities. This is truly one of the worst things I’ve seen and I hope it does not continue to be as nonchalant as it has become lately.

The industry will never listen, unless we take a stand and make a change.

Lastly, another thing I would like to touch on is the lack of females on tour with bands. All Time Low posted a group “end of tour” photo recently, announcing the end of their Young Renegades Tour.  If you look at the photo, the tour consisted of all males. When female fans saw that caption, All Time low received thousands of comments back saying that they would gladly join the tour if asked. Honestly, I’m glad the band addressed the lack of females on the tour. Adding more female guitar techs, managers, and merch girls to a tour will slowly but surely decrease the stigma against females in positions such as those.

Now that we live in the 21st century, anyone can access anything and pursue any career path they please. I believe that we will be starting to see more females in the industry in our lifetime than ever before. A ton of my friends that I’ve met through music are planning on pursuing careers in the music industry. Whether it’s singing, managing, promotion, or even sound engineering, females are beginning to take a stand and rise up against the sexism of the music industry. This stand will not only eliminate the term “fangirl” forever but it will also help eradicate the gender gap in the music industry.

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Want episode 3 of Beyond The Barricade? Sure! 3-piece Toronto outlet Sure has made big strides in a short amount of time. In this instalment, you’ll hear all about the group’s inception up until now, how their creative process works and so much more. In my opinion, this is one of the most interesting episodes yet. Strap yourself in because Sure is about to take you out for a rip!

We sure can’t wait to see what Sure has in store for the future. Wait, don’t leave…sorry, bad pun.

But seriously, we’re very excited to see what these Toronto boys have coming up.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Warped Tour season is upon us once again. Some of us are seasoned veterans, but some of us are Warped Freshmen, so ATB is here to help! Our team has compiled a video series surrounding our favourite summer festival.

This video will help you figure out the best choices for what to wear!

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Hello, earthlings! Today we’re going to be talking about a band called The Maine. Full disclosure: The Maine is my favourite band. Credit for that goes to 1- MySpace, and 2- my older sister finding out about them on MySpace and getting me to listen to them. Okay, let’s begin!

I want to start off by saying that living in Hawai’i has its pros and cons. Don’t get me wrong, the pros of living in a place where some people only ever dream of vacationing is not lost on me. It’s absolutely breathtaking and I know how blessed I am to be able to call Hawai’i home. Like I said though, it does have its cons… the main one on my list being that it makes seeing your favourite bands and artists more difficult because you’re literally just this blip of an island chain in the ocean. So you either spend years waiting for them to come to Honolulu, or you shell out money for not only concert tickets, but a plane ticket or two as well to go see them. I have admittedly done the latter and I have zero regrets, but I digress.

Thankfully we’ve had some pretty stellar acts come down and put on amazing shows. With acts like The Maine to Halsey, William Singe, Taking Back Sunday and Mayday Parade playing shows here, my view of living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean as a con has definitely changed because of just how many people have been making the time to include Hawai’i on their tours. The majority of the aforementioned artists have played in Honolulu more than once and I’m honestly still so stoked that I was able to see The Maine both of the times they’ve come here. The reason I say both times is because The Maine has played shows in Honolulu on two separate occasions with a 7 YEAR gap between them. Granted, that’s none of their faults, but rest assured I definitely asked them about it when I saw them this second time around.

Way back on September 18, 2010, The Maine made their Hawai’i debut in what used to be Pipeline Cafe in Honolulu. A.K.A., the place to see bands play. I say ‘used to’ because that venue is now a BJ Penn gym, but the memories of the first time my sister and I saw and met them shall live on forever. Sure, Pipeline Cafe was admittedly on the seedier side as far as venues go, but it sort of adds to the whole experience of what going to a show can be like. Right down to the carvings in the bathroom stalls and writings up and down the venue walls. On show days, the line would stretch from the entrance and wrap all the way down the outside of the building and sometimes stretch to other warehouses and buildings in the area. The best part was that if you were close enough to the front or close enough to the side doors, you would have a better chance of meeting whoever was performing that day as they were leaving soundcheck. Inside, though, it was more of a narrow concert hall venue where you would walk in, immediately be met with the merch area, and when you walked towards the right it was this stretch of room with a stage smack at the end of it. But as rundown of a venue as it was, a majority of my concert experiences happened in what used to be Pipeline Cafe and a core memory of mine is seeing and meeting The Maine.

“I knew it was going to be one hell of a comeback show in paradise.”

It was September 2010 and they had recently released Black & White and I had literally been building up my excitement since I found out about the show back in June. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to describe the feeling of finally getting to see your favourite band live for the first, but since it’s a feeling we can all relate to, it was definitely that one. And they did not disappoint me or my sister or my friends at all. They put on an amazing first show in Honolulu, took the time to hang out afterwards like they always do, and they just genuinely seemed to have as great of a time as those of us who went to support them. I can’t remember that many of the songs they played back then, but I do remember them playing “I Must Be Dreaming”, “Right Girl” and essentially sob singing along to “We All Roll Along” and just having a wonderful time overall.

It’s so bizarre thinking back to that initial 2010 show and then thinking about their return to Hawai’i in 2017 because I saw them not once, but twice this time around. And the reason I was able to see them twice is because I have friends that are actual gems and told me to clear my schedule for June 27th because she had put me on the guest list to an acoustic set The Maine was having at the iHeartMedia offices in Honolulu. Did I freak out that I was getting to see my favourite band two days in a row? Yes. Did I have an internal freak out when I went towards to the entrance go see my friend waiting to cross the street only to find all five members walking towards me and the small group of us waiting to be taken upstairs? Also yes! Although I think the best part about the acoustic set was how intimate it was. And for whatever reason, when John and Jared were talking in-between songs, no one else really raised their hand when John asked who was going to their show the following day except me so I high key got singled out throughout the rest of the set, but it was totally for good reason. I was also low key caught off guard when he came up to me afterwards to chat about the new venue and how different it is compared to where they played last time, but again, TOTALLY CHILL.

Sticking true to what going to any type of show The Maine has, everyone got to basically hang out and take photos with them and have a good time. And I may or may not have taken my polaroid camera with me to get individual and group shots with them… but anyway! What made the entire afternoon perfect, in my opinion, was that Jared ultimately helped me convince my sister to go to their show the following night despite being anxious because of her last time going to a show. (It was a Reel Big Fish show and the crowd was just too much, ja feel?) That’s just the power of music, though. And there’s also something about members of your favourite bands relating to your anxiety feels but still encouraging you to go out to their show, but details details. Long story short, we convinced my sister to go and she’s so glad that she did because hey, seven years is a long time, and who knows when they’re going to be able to come back! Although they all said they hope to come back much sooner than before so… fingers crossed on that front!

I know I’m not alone when I say that Lovely, Little, Lonely is a work of pure art. I’ve been listening to it non stop since it came out and as soon as I saw Honolulu, HI listed as a tour date, I knew it was going to be one hell of a comeback show in paradise. Show day arrived faster than I had time to comprehend and having been to the acoustic set the day before further fueled my excitement. Show night started and show night ended and all I have to say is that when the lead singer of your favourite band spots and recognizes you in the crowd, points and smiles and waves at you and then waits for you to smile and wave back before continuing with their set, it just makes you adore said band even more if that were humanly possible. The show ended far too quickly for anyone’s liking and one of the funniest things that happened was that a barista from the Starbucks I frequent downtown before and after work was pulled up on stage during “Girls Do What They Want” and it was just gold. It got even better because we saw him working later that week.

But, anyway, the show itself was everything I wanted it to be and more. I knew beforehand that the show would end with “Another Night on Mars” but it’s another thing entirely when you’re there and part of the crowd singing along with people who just get it. There’s no need to really explain what it is about the music or the people there because everyone already feels what you feel, too. One of my favourite things about The Maine and the entire 8123 family is that I’ve never been let down by any of them. I’ve made some amazing friends through the music they’ve shared and I don’t want to know what my life would be like if I didn’t end up supporting a band called The Maine.  

TL;DR – THE MAINE IS A WONDERFUL GROUP OF HUMANS AND THEY HAVE NEVER LET ME DOWN IN THE HISTORY OF THEM AS A BAND. and can we just take a moment bc oh my god this band is real they are real people they are actual human beings who have managed to bring other human beings together and always take the time to hang out after shows no matter what because it makes me really emo and you know what make America emo again good night, folks.

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Sitting on the shores of Lake Ontario in their hometown of Oakville, Rob and Cole of Parkside tell us all for this installment of Beyond The Barricade. From their inception all the way until today, through every peak and valley, the boys lay it all on the table- but guess what? They had fun doing so.

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Lights, camera, action! Lights is back, and she can now add “Comic Book Creator” to her lengthy and impressive resume.

Our favourite Canadian  lady has released a new song called “Giants”, and it’s the first song to be released from her upcoming album Skin and Earth. Pretty cool, right? Wait for it, because not only is there a new album coming from Lights, but she also wrote a COMIC to go along with the album.

The comic tells the story of a girl who lives in a post apocalyptic future. Lights said in a tweet that “Giants takes place in issue 5. The video hints at things to come without giving away what is really a pivotal point in the story”. The first issue of the comic was released on July 14th.

“Giants” starts out with a pounding piano beat in the background and Lights singing. The chorus is where the song picks up and it changes into this very uplifting, powerful sounding song. Later on in the song around the 2 minute 30 second mark, there’s a very cool part that is going to get everyone pumped when its played live (listen to it yourself and you’ll just know) Overall, the track is very catchy so it’s going to be stuck in your head for days, so get ready.

Lights has consistently released awesome songs and I can’t wait to hear the rest of this album. This is a song you don’t want to miss and your ears won’t want to miss it either. Skin and Earth comes out in fall 2017.

Okay…we didn’t think Lights can get any cooler, but here we are! What are your thoughts on her new song?

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Warped Tour season is upon us once again. Some of us are seasoned veterans, but some of us are Warped Freshmen, so ATB is here to help! Our team has compiled a video series surrounding our favourite summer festival.

The first video of this series will help you make sure you’re prepared for another punk rock summer. See you there!

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