Erik Hess Ponx at the Total Trash Tape Release
Every year the doomsayers and cynics crawl out of the woodwork and grumble that the Twin Cities punk scene is dead. But if you subscribe to that bullshit in 2013, it's pretty clear that you're old, narrow-minded, or simply not paying attention. True, it might be a little harder to find, but that's because many bands have gone underground, returning to their roots in basements and eschewing the now-standardized social media blitz. What's left is a tight-knit but incredibly diverse scene, separated by style and intensity but united by purpose and an enduring commitment to the DIY values our community has always been known for.
A quick word on format: this is not a ranked list. It's in alphabetic order, because D-Beat Crust and bubbly pop-punk are nearly impossible to compare. Also, for the purposes of this list, an "album" must by at least 4 songs long. Check out the Honorable Mentions section at the bottom for some of the year's best singles, and a few that didn't quite make the cut.More »