You may not have been alive in 1983, when punk rock icon NOFX was started in Berkeley. That was nearly 30 years ago, after all, and the world was a very different place: Ronald Reagan was president, "big" East Bay punk bands like Rancid or Green Day didn't exist, and Thriller was only a year old. Si ... More >>
You may have heard over the last few days that Berkeley's Lookout! Records -- one of the world's most treasured punk rock labels, and the place that Green Day got its start -- is closing for good, back catalog and all. If you were a punk rocker in the '90s, this news feels a little bit like losing a ... More >>
Shawn BrackbillTed Leo PharmacistsDeep into his second decade of playing music for a living, frisky, political-minded East Coast punk rocker Ted Leo says he may have to retire from regular touring and recording next year because of drooping record sales.The Lookout Records artist told Louisvill ... More >>
In Store spotlights the Bay Area's quirkiest, most beloved, weirdest, and/or otherwise-most-interesting record stores. Our region's unmistakable friskiness and cultural capital emanate from those dusty, creaky, hard-to-find, money-losing, insanely huge, hilariously small, and often-crowded (at le ... More >>
A couple of former punks score a bull's-eye with Poison Arrows, their punk-inspired non-punk debut
Lookout! Records has come a long way from its bedroom-label beginnings. And maybe that's not such a bad thing.
The Cost's Chimera brings button-down geekiness and metallic crunch to hardcore punk
Bratmobile's riot grrls tackle gender, identity, and George Dubya's politics
Pretty Girls Make Graves mixes killer rock with feminism -- the sonic equivalent of serial murderer Aileen Wuornos
Ted Leo proves you can tell a record by its cover.
Pansy Division's all-gay punk was a shocking first. Will fans let the group escape its pioneering role and just make music?
Jesse Michaels didn't get the fame his former Operation Ivy bandmates did with Rancid, but he didn't lose his passion for ska-infused punk rock either
Punks, Putting, and the Police
Dr. Frank from the Mr. T Experience
After 11 albums, Berkeley's Mr. T Experience is starting to abandon the punk-pop sound it pioneered
Avengers frontwoman Penelope Houston tried to escape punk, but history pulled her back in
Sin and salvation with Rancid