Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Listen up, get your fill of fresh punk in Las Cruces.(Venue)

Byline: Kevin Hopper FOR THE Journal

Arguably, the punk rock of today is no match for that of the mid-'70s and early '80s when it was in its rawest and most brutally honest form.

Or is it?

If you glance at the artist roster of this year's Van's Warped Tour, it's impossible to argue that punk rock is not at its most popular. With upwards of 70 punk bands (including a couple of hip-hop groups) playing rotating schedules on two main stages and five alternate stages, one can only imagine the energy and pure punk spirit that flows in a crowd made up of kids who have no idea who The Germs or Jodie Foster's Army are. More importantly, they don't care.

It's also difficult to claim that the Sex Pistols are far superior than newer-school bands like Rancid or Suicide Machines. …

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