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Pop-Punk and Emo

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    February 18, 2014

    The Five Most Important Ways Emo Changed Popular Music

    Some things never change. For a few years when I was younger, "fuck emos" was a battle cry among fans of "real punk" or "real music," who hated the wave of emo in popular music and as a lifestyle of teenagers across America. Now, in some ways, that sentiment seems to be back again. Not only was I a ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    Five Great Acoustic Punk Tracks

    Last month noted garage punks The Men released their latest effort, an EP of acoustic tracks called Campfire Songs. The 2013 Free Press Summer Festival MVPs may play some pretty hyped-up punk rock, but they're no strangers to softer styles, with latest album Open Your Heart more closely resembling N ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Paramore at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 10/27/2013

    Paramore, Metric, Hellogoodbye Cynthia Woods Pavilion October 27, 2013 Well, they've done it again. On the way to Cynthia Woods Pavilion Sunday night, I realized that it had been about six months to the day since I reviewed Paramore at Bayou Music Center in April. Back then, the band's opener was ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    Fall Out Boy at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 9/25/2013

    Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, Twenty One Pilots Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 25, 2013 For many of their fans, a Fall Out Boy concert is most likely the kind of thing that has always been experienced in the darkest, dirtiest clubs that a city can offer. It's synonymous with ringing ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival at the Woodlands Pavilion, 8/29/2013

    Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction, Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 29, 2013 If there's anything that Rockstar Energy Drink loves more than jacking kids up on near-fatal doses of caffeine and sugar, it's putting together pre-fabricated, traveling music fes ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    The 10 Suckiest Bands of the '00s

    Okay, guys. Enough with the nostalgia shows already. We know you've noticed it, the sudden influx of '90s nostalgia bands that have made their way back on tour. Up until this point, it was fine to dig up a few musical memories while listening to an aging band play their radio hits, because the '90 ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    A Half-Decade Under the Influence: The Best Emo Albums, 2001-2005

    Roughly ten years ago, the emo genre progressed from its underground roots into a calling card for early-'00s rock. And while there's no denying that bands like Rites of Spring and The Promise Ring helped pioneer the sound, the turn of the millennium saw emo transform from into a lifestyle for the ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    Fall Out Boy at Bayou Music Center, 6/7/2013

    Fall Out Boy, American Fangs Bayou Music Center June 7, 2013 I was telling someone on Friday, "I get to go to Fall Out Boy tonight!" Her reaction? "Ha! Is it 2004?" I couldn't blame her for the response. Fall Out Boy's name prompts memories of bad piercings, worse haircuts and overly dramatic kid ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Friday Night: Alkaline Trio at House of Blues

    Alkaline Trio House of Blues May 3, 2013 "I don't deserve this!" Matt Skiba shouted, his veins pushing against his neck as he strained his voice, the crowd chanting along, nearly drowning out his band, Alkaline Trio. "No, I don't deserve this!" Donning a pink cowboy hat and pink converse to match ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    Last Night: Paramore at Bayou Music Center

    Paramore, Kitten Bayou Music Center April 25, 2013 During what I like to call the great Zumiez boom of the 2000s, emo bands moved from depressing and mopey to more pop-punk. Like any other musical trend, this era eventually came and went. Very few of the bands that had once filled stadiums and poss ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    From Ska to Eternity: A Quick History of Fueled By Ramen's Unlikely Rise to the Top

    There is a very good chance that fun. is going to walk away with at least one Grammy come Sunday night. As one of the handful of artists with six nominations to their name; the Brooklyn pop-rockers are odds-on favorites to at least win the smaller categories they're nominated in. fun.'s rise to th ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Last Night: Underoath Farewell Tour at House of Blues

    Underoath House of Blues January 23, 2013 It looks like all of the members of Underoath finally decided to quit at the same time. The Florida metalcore turned post-hardcore outfit has had no less than 15 people fill its ranks in its 15-year history, leaving the current iteration with no original me ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Dearly Departed: Bands We'll Miss Who Broke Up In 2012

    Every year has its fair share of births and deaths, even when speaking of bands. They form, reform, and break up. We talk a lot about reunions, but many bands fade out and break up with barely a whisper. It's unfortunate because some of these bands were old favorites at one time. Today we'll look b ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012
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    October 16, 2012

    Where Are They Now?: Emo's 10-Year High School Reunion

    Mainstream emo in the early 2000s was a harsh mistress to keep. For those of us into the true underground form of it, it was an offensive burden to deal with, but at least some good bands were getting some mainstream success. Others? Well, we'd just have to deal with them. Of course, all that's ove ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012
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    July 2, 2012

    The Same but Different: The 2012 Vans Warped Tour at Reliant Center

    "I couldn't wait for the summer and the Warped Tour," sang Blink-182, echoing many of my own thoughts as the school year would come to a close. I'm not a hot-weather person, but for a few years at the end of the '90s and the start of the '00s I looked forward to the Warped Tour as much as I did Hall ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012
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    May 10, 2012
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    March 28, 2012

    This Grandpa Only Knows Five Bands On This Year's Warped Tour

    It's my job to have at least a passing knowledge of what most bands and artists sound like. In my one of seven capacities here at the paper, I am in charge of music listings, those things in the back of the paper that tell you what is happening every week. (While I am on the subject, I need let yo ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Noise For The Ages: Top Post-Hardcore Guitarists Through the Years

    While it may not often be recognized by "mainstream listening audiences," post-hardcore is not a dead genre. Though its popularity has often waxed and waned throughout the years since its inception in the mid '80s, there are always great upstart bands keeping it alive. As of late, the genre has seen ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Nine Bands From the '90s Underground That Should Consider Reuniting

    Photo via officialrefused.com​Everyone was all abuzz about the reunion announcements of Refused and At the Drive-In this week. I was less abuzz. I never much cared for Refused (nor International Noise Conspiracy) and I was one of those people that liked ATDI "before" (and I certainly had no ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Yellowcard Talks Lineup Changes, Growing As A Band, And Going Acoustic

    Nicole Zeno​Maybe it's a failing of our own energy and spirit that's to blame for a history of apathy for Yellowcard. When we discovered the band we were in the last of a desperate attempt to patch things up with MTV. We've always been a music video fanatic and the death of that aspect of the ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011
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    October 6, 2011

    Last Night: Thrice At House Of Blues

    Thrice House of Blues October 5, 2011 You don't have to dress or act a certain way to like Thrice. In fact, in case you didn't already know, you don't have to dress or act a certain way to like any kind of music. But don't take our word for it. "I think that's something that happens with youth a l ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    Last Night: Blink-182 At The Woodlands

    Photos by Matthew Keever​blink-182, My Chemical Romance, Matt & Kim Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 26, 2011 Surely, there have been murmurs about blink-182's reformation. Surely, many people have thought, "Oh, they're only getting back together because Angels & Airwaves and 44 are ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    Full Collapse: The Best Pop-Punk & Emo Albums Of 2002

    ​Monday, Taking Back Sunday will be at House of Blues with Thursday, making that evening an orgasm of 2002 nostalgia for a few hundred older indie folks here in Houston who were weaned on TBS' Tell All Your Friends and Thursday's Full Collapse. We were a part of the latter group, but we got in ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Saturday: Vans Warped Tour At Sam Houston Race Park

    Photos by Matthew KeeverSimple Plan​Vans Warped Tour The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park June 25, 2011 As we made our way into the barren, asphalt-covered desert that was Warped Tour 2011, Aftermath was stopped by a young woman standing just outside the gates. "If I give you my number, ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    The 25 Most Influential Bands Of The '90s

    Trent Reznor, you know, before the Oscar and all the weightlifting. ​As a music writer, we are asked constantly to compare the new with the old, to decipher the periphery where modern bands' influences come from to understand where we are going and what we are seeing. We can hear everything Ke ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Cage Match: Fired for Walking vs. My Chemical Romance

    Fired for Walking​Ladies and gentlemen, this weekend a battle will be waged for your very musical soul. In this corner, weighing about as much as three small ponies, wearing black, but not in that cool way, the band that made emo what it is today, My Chemical Romance. And in this corner... He ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Last Night: A Day To Remember, Etc. At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Travis HensleyA Day to Remember​A Day to Remember, Bring Me the Horizon, We Came as Romans, Pierce the Veil Warehouse Live April 13, 2011 Wednesday night can be described in three words: Confetti, balloons and rage. Aftermath felt like we were at a B L A C K I E show or something, ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Otenki Makes the Finals of Billboard's Battle of the Bands

    ​Otenki is the best Houston band you've never heard of, according to guitarist Enoma Asowata. This could be true; we had heard the name thrown around but had never seen them live or knew much about their music. Despite this fact, they've used social media and large-scale festivals like Warped ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    30 Seconds With Ryan Key of Yellowcard

    Photo by Adam Elmakias​Rocks Off sat down with guitarist and vocalist for alternative punk rock sensation Yellowcard http://www.yellowcardrock.com, whose new video "Hang You Up" is the only reason we can think of to brave MTV these days, to see what we could learn about him in 30 seconds. Roc ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Last Night: Underoath And Thursday At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Kendra BerglundA Skylit Drive​Underoath, Thursday, A Skylit Drive Warehouse Live January 20, 2011 Aftermath walked into Warehouse Live a little after 7:30 p.m. Thursday, thinking we would beat the crowd and be there in time to catch all four bands on the bill; we were wrong on both ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    September 9, 2010

    Last Night: Paramore At The Woodlands

    Photos by Marco Torres​Paramore, Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 8, 2010 Concerts on Wednesdays are a strange ordeal. What's even stranger are concerts that begin at 6 p.m. in The Woodlands, especially when their target audiences are probably just get ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010
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    July 7, 2010

    Last Night: Thrice At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Thrice, Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band Warehouse Live July 6, 2010 Walking up to Warehouse Live for Thrice Tuesday night, Aftermath witnessed one of the most interesting spectacles we've ever seen outside of a venue. As we got there, we heard a gentleman - and we use ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010
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    July 1, 2010
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    June 1, 2010

    Hanson, Boys Like Girls Top Bamboozle's Pop-Punk Marathon

    Photos by Matthew KeeverHanson signs autographs after the "Mmmbop" boys' Bamboozle set.​ As Aftermath made our way into Verizon Wireless for Bamboozle 2010 Friday night, we were greeted by Cady Groves' voice coupled with melodic guitar and salsa shakers. We knew Good Charlotte, Cartel, All Time Lo ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010
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    February 4, 2010
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    October 25, 2007

    The Lawrence Arms

    This band breathes new life into pop-punk’s flaccid, bloated corpse

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