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Photos Documenting the Backyard Punk Scene in East LA

East Los, a new photo series by documentarian Angela Boatwright (part of Vans’ Living Off the Wall project, which includes an East Los companion film), invites viewers into the backyard punk scene of East Los Angeles. Revealing a little known side of the Latino community, East Los takes a look at the lifestyle in the clubs and at home, exploring “youth, catharses, and notions of family.” See a preview of the work in our gallery, and visit the artist’s website for more information. … Read More

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Portraits from the London Underground Spanning 40 Years

The Tube started shuttling Londoners through its vast network of tunnels more than 150 years ago. Photographer Bob Mazzer has spent 40 of those years capturing the London Underground commuters, shining a spotlight on the evolving subcultures that have popped up over time. A former job as a movie theater projectionist found him traveling on the Tube late at night, surrounded by a cast of characters. Mazzer’s work was shown in a Greater London Council exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall in the 1980s, but he’s been sharing his photos on Facebook recently. See more of Mazzer’s funny, touching, and surreal portraits of strangers on the London metro, which we spotted on Kottke, in our gallery. … Read More

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2014: The Year We Stop Arguing About the Death of Punk

Every few years, someone comes along claiming ownership of their own little corner of music and raining down strident rhetoric on anyone who dares deviate from their vision of the One True Path. Just after Christmas, Don Giovanni founder Joe Steinhardt put in a late claim for 2013′s most reactionary screed with an article for The Media, wherein he complained bitterly about how 2013 was “a sad and depressing year for punk, for DIY, and independent voices.” … Read More

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The Best and Worst Art Shows of 2013 So Far

It’s hard to say if the art world has done an adequate job of responding to world events lately. 2013 has been marked by a crisis in Mali, a new pope, a marathon bombing, and a giant meteor landing in western Russia, and unless you count this series of dashboard photographs taken by drivers in Chelyabinsk, very few painters, video makers, sculptors, or performance artists have tried to reckon with any of this. It’s enough to make you wonder if the world’s most powerful artists and art institutions aren’t also the most solipsistic. For better or for worse, a lot of the year’s most anticipated exhibitions have been disconnected not only from current events but from history. … Read More

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Who Does Punk Belong To in 2013?

Last week Noisey published an article by their resident jaded punk columnist, who goes by the title of, er, Jaded Punk. It was entitled “Who Gives A Shit About [Insert Band Name] Reuniting?,” and as the name suggests, it took a rather dim review of reunion tours by The Replacements and various other punk rock luminaries. It followed his debut column, which went by the title “‘Punk’ Is the Grossest Word in Music,” and no doubt we can look forward to a bunch of similarly cheery meditations on the genre in weeks to come. It’s the latest in an increasingly long line of criticism shitchanning punk of late, but does the fact that punk rock is largely moribund mean that punk is dead? And who does punk belong to in 2013? … Read More

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10 Great Documentaries About Punk Rock

Have we all recovered from seeing punk at the Met? Well, here’s more — from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The institution has released a series of documentaries on their video channel, MOCAtv. The films focus on the art and logos of bands like Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, and Crass. Click through to check them out, along with a great variety of other documentaries about punk music. These films examine everything from the development of queercore to punk papas coping with… Read More

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For Your Calendar: Young and Old Punks

Here’s an idea for your Saturday: stop by the Metropolitan Museum for PUNK: From Chaos to Couture, to take in how the punks from around 1977 dressed, then go see a band that can trace its lineage back to those fashionable nihilists that hung out on The Bowery and Kings Road. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorwire: The Day’s Best Links

Everything Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto do together is adorable, as thiscar commercial confirms — Old Spock and New Spock in the same room will never get old. Speaking of cars, you can buy the Batman “Tumbler” for a cool $1.6 million. But perhaps you prefer more literary movies? If so,… Read More

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Celebrities’ Punk Rock Selfies From Last Night’s Met Gala

Selfies aren’t just for the layfolk. Even celebrities take them now and again, and last night’s extravagant, punk-themed Met Gala — corresponding with the museum’s latest Costume Institute exhibit, Punk: Chaos to Couture — was an opportune time for the glitterati to take to social media with pictures of their dresses, hairdos, nails, and other accessories (including friends and other fabulous people). We scoured Instagram and Twitter to bring you the best of last night’s selfies. Take a peek through the images below, including a sufficiently punked-up Madonna sporting tartan and rocking a black bob, a very pink Debbie Harry, Katy Perry’s bling-tastic nails, and Zooey Deschanel’s pretty (if questionably punk) hairdo. Oh and, erm, Alicia Keys in a bathrobe. … Read More

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‘Chaos to Couture’: Preview the Met’s Punk Fashion Exhibition

Punk has always been inextricably (sometimes physically) bound up with fashion, art, and the ordered disorder of each. Enter PUNK: Chaos to Couture, a big, gorgeous book published in conjunction with a show of the same name at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that’s filled with photographs and essays that consider the punk aesthetic as it was interpreted by high fashion. The exhibit runs from May 9 through August 14 and is sure to be an absolute knockout; preview some of its most striking images below. … Read More

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