Ari Up Has Passed Away

Ari Up

We’ve just received the heartbreaking news that Ari Up, who formed the landmark reggae-drenched punk group The Slits when she was only 14 years old, has passed away following an illness.  She was 48.

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Music News Recap: New Tours and Tunes

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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manic street preachers

BIG news for Manic Street Preachers fans:  The band has announced a long-awaited fall tour of North America.  (Check out our review of their latest album here.)

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Punk: A Beginner’s Guide

Joe Strummer, of the Clash

Joe Strummer, of the Clash

Well Joe, you called it.  The suits did their best to turn your rebellion into money.  To a great deal of people living in the post Hot Topic world, the very idea of punk is viewed as little more than a cute “phase.”  It’s part of life, right?  Infant, toddler, kid, punk, adult?  Oh they grow up so fast!  In all fairness, if all you knew of the genre was green hair, ripped t-shirts and pissy snarls then such a dismissive eye roll might indeed seem fitting.  However, to those who are willing to discover it, punk’s first wave was as much a fiercely intelligent, unapologetic call to arms as it was sarcastic, bratty and crude.

Read on to discover some of the seminal tracks of this often under-appreciated movement.

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Music News Recap: Newbies from the Oldies

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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The Raveonettes

Give The Raveonettes a piece of your mind.  The duo is looking for input from fans as they work to create their follow-up to 2008’s Lust Lust Lust album.  Click here to find out how you can hear their in-progress demos and let the band know what you think.

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