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Punk Rocker’s Guide to Summer Music ’17

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Summer is the time for festivals, outdoor concerts, and certainly, new music releases. Katy Perry, Ke$ha, P!nk and Bebe Rexha are all on the radar, along with Drake, Kendrick Lamar and The Chainsmokers. But what should the punk-rock enthusiasts be looking out for? What’re the best albums to head-bang, air-guitar and mosh to before the season comes to an end? We’ve got you covered.


After three years, Rise Against has finally returned to the music scene with their highly anticipated record, Wolves. Off this album, there are three released singles to give a chance: “Welcome to the Breakdown,” “House on Fire” and “The Violence.” Each tune has a different sound, welcoming fans who dig their heavy sound, or new listeners who enjoy a slower rock melody. Wolves definitely can stand on its own next to their previous album, The Black Market, yet lead vocalist Tim Mcllrath’s voice is still strong and defiant, proving that Rise Against is back and better than ever.


Jacoby Shaddix and his bandmates have come a long way since their 2000 hit album, Infest. They’ve dabbled with rap-rock tunes like “Between Angels and Insects” and “Last Resort,” which is seen again on their latest 2017 record, Crooked Teeth. “Crooked Teeth” and “Help” are just a few noteworthy jams off of the record, each contrasting in sound but emitting intensity. The album also includes two songs featuring artists Machine Gun Kelly and Periscope. Crooked Teeth isn’t something to overlook.


Connecticut’s own Sorority Noise released the record You’re Not As _______ As You Think earlier this year, with a different tone than their previous two albums, Joy, Departed and Forgettable. Known for their deep, intimate lyrics, the band strikes again with emotional tunes that will not only make you listen closely but also scream the lyrics out with them. “A Portrait Of,” “Car,” and “Where Are You?” are just a few songs that will entangle you into their world, twisting and turning your mind.


The boys of Knuckle Puck are due for their sophomore album later this year but have just released a single entitled “Gone,” an honest and passionate tune with a catchy, relatable chorus. Although the band is known for a more pop-punk sound, there are heavy riffs and jam-worthy songs from their 2016 album Copacetic along with various other previous EPs. Take a listen to their older tunes and prepare for their next take.


The New Hampshire natives Our Last Night have been making quite a riot with their post-hardcore sound. Their last two records, Oak Island and Younger Dreams have placed them on the map with rejoicing hits like “White Tiger,” “Dark Storms” and “Same Old War.” This June, the band released a seven-song album entitled Selective Hearing, which features the single “Common Ground.” Lead singer Trevor Wentworth’s voice meshes well with his occasional unclean vocals, creating a perfect blend of hardcore and softer rock.


Pop-punkers All Time Low have been known for their fun, bubbly party songs which brought them to the top charts for years now. So Wrong, It’s Right and Nothing Personal include songs that have acted as a staple in the band’s career, however, their latest release, Last Young Renegades, has a different feel to it. Songs like “Dirty Laundry” and “Dark Side of Your Room” show vulnerability and an emotional side to the band we haven’t seen a lot of. Last Young Renegades reveals that All Time Low has stayed true to their roots musically, but have branched out into another level of sophistication.


This year, New Found Glory celebrates their 20th anniversary as a band with a new record and tour. Makes Me Sick includes singles “Party on Apocalypse” and “Happy Being Miserable,” which both have catchy but lighter vibes. It seems like their pop-punk sound from the early 2000’s can still be seen in their latest work. Makes Me Sick is perfect to jam out to in the sun, or if you relate to “Call Me Anti-Social,” enjoy the tunes indoors.


Although this Oakland, California punk-rock band has been around for a few years and their album, Drive North, was released in 2016, they’ve been gaining a lot of attention this year. The four-piece band, which includes punk-rock legend Billie Joe Armstrong’s son Joey Armstrong on the drums, is currently on a world tour through December. Lead vocalist Cole Becker’s voice is unique, making SWMRS stand out. Heavy beat-driven singles like “Palm Trees,” “Figuring it Out,” and “Miley” will make you want to roll your windows down, scream out the lyrics, and maybe even let out a little angst.


Punk in Africa is the official soundtrack of the 2012 documentary of the same name by Deon Maas and Keith Jones. The film examines the punk scene in Africa from the 1970s, in which punk and native musical traditions met to protest against white racist regimes in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.

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