punk rock


Definition of punk rock 

: rock music marked by extreme and often deliberately offensive expressions of alienation and social discontent

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Well, this oughta scratch that Irish punk rock itch until about St. Patrick's Day 2020. Aaron Davis, sacbee, "‘Stranger in Alps’ crooner brings intensity, intimacy to Harlow’s show," 12 July 2018 These mercenaries of aggressive swing take to the seas, fulfilling the dreams of punk rock pirates everywhere. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 One of Turner’s nods to his punk rock background is his ongoing accessibility to fans, who can e-mail him directly through his website. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Frank Turner comes to town for six nights of not being a role model," 21 June 2018 Portraits of the Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra and then-wife Theresa Soder, lead singer of the Situations, are included in the punk rock club images. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "Lost SF punk rock photos surface: Temple Beautiful, Mabuhay and Deaf Club," 15 June 2018 Think of the collection as the punk rock version of a clean, white pair of kicks: a sneaker that's too cool to worry about things like glossy polish and finishing details. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "These Converse Sneakers Get the Inside-Out Treatment," 13 June 2018 Its fourth annual huge shindig with punk rock bands at the nearby convention center, 350Fest4, will be Aug. 25. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Rainbow Cone, Pistachio Abduction among brews tapped for Illinois Craft Beer Week," 8 May 2018 Things that your parents liked, things that your parents hated, punk rock, disco, electro, glam-rock, all was going on in the '70s. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "At 57, Boy George still gets weird looks — and his reaction to them makes total sense," 4 July 2018 The lead track on their new EP Shoot Me: Youth Part 1, the song is bombastic and full of punk rock vibes, with slinking synths thrown in for good measure. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "DAY6 Drop 'Shoot Me' Music Video," 26 June 2018

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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