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In Defense of the Genre

Streetlight Manifesto
Tomas Kalnoky (left) with Streetlight Manifesto at When We Were Young 2017 (more by Romari Bonner)
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12 classic ska-punk albums to prepare you for the impending ska-punk revival

This edition of ‘In Defense of the Genre’ takes a look at some of the most essential classic albums in ska-punk, a genre which -- yes, really -- is having a comeback.

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In Defense of the Genre punk records
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In Defense of the Genre is a new pop punk/emo/etc column on BV (5 best songs of January included)

In Defense of the Genre is a new column on BrooklynVegan about punk, pop punk, emo, post-hardcore, and more, including and often especially the bands and albums and subgenres that weren't always taken so seriously.

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Shin Guard
Shin Guard
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12 great screamo releases from 2019

Screamo never really went away, but the screamo scene feels stronger and more unified right now than it has in a while, and 2019 birthed a slew of new great releases within the genre. Here are 12 of them.

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Touche Amore at Irving Plaza
Touche Amore at Irving Plaza in 2017 (more by Wei Shi)
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100 Best Punk & Emo Albums of the 2010s

The decade's best punk, emo, hardcore, post-hardcore, screamo, and more, from Foxing to White Lung to Touché Amoré to Joyce Manor to Julien Baker to Camp Cope, and beyond...

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Saves The Day Through Being Cool
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a look back on Saves The Day’s ‘Through Being Cool’ for its 20th anniversary

An expanded reissue of Saves The Day's 'Through Being Cool' is out today. Here's a retrospective review of the classic, highly influential album.

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American Football
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American Football’s highly influential debut album turns 20

American Football's debut remains a cult classic and one of the most important and influential emo albums of all time. Here's a look back on the album for its 20th anniversary...

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Psycho Las Vegas 2019 - Sunday
Integrity at Psycho Las Vegas 2019 (more by Ben Stas)
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15 ’90s metalcore albums that still resonate today

From much-missed bands like Deadguy, Unbroken, and Turmoil to lifers like Integrity, Ringworm, and Converge, here are 15 '90s metalcore albums that still hold up and sound relevant today.

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The Stooges
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‘The Stooges’ turns 50; a look back on the album that helped birth punk

Punk as we know it started 50 years ago today in Detroit, when a band called The Stooges released their groundbreaking debut album. It's a true classic, and it sounds as good today as it ever did...

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Rancid
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Rancid Albums Ranked Worst To Best

Rancid have long bridged the gaps between underground and mainstream, between punk and ska, and they've brought fans and musicians from all musical walks of life together. Their albums vary from good to all-time classic, and here they all are ranked from worst to best...

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Ramones
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why Ramones’ ‘Leave Home’ is their best album

It's a harder, better, faster album than the Ramones' iconic debut, and more raw and punk than any Ramones album that came after.

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