It’s that time of year again. Time for the premiere fest in the west. Time for eighty-proof venom and sweat-soaked denim. Power chords for the rowdy hordes. Memorial day is almost upon us, and so is Punk Rock Bowling.
This year, like any other, a weekend of debauchery, booze, and punk rock opens its sweet-smelling and slightly sticky arms to the loyalists of all that is loud and fast. It’s a weekend long party that doesn’t stop, taking over the whole of downtown Las Vegas. Huge headliners lead the party forward with support from lesser known bands, right on the cusp of explosion and renown. All of this on the main stage, the small stage; indoor club shows and outdoor festival alike.
We know all the big names, and we know how they earned their bigness. Cocksparrer transformed punk from art school subversion to working class expression. Bad Religion gave the world Suffer, and changed the game forever. And without Iggy Pop, who’s to say our beloved genre would even exist in the first place?
But this isn’t about them. This is for the little guys, the upstarts who rock under the radar, who keep the veins of punk flush with fresh blood. Click here for the acts you might not have heard of, but will definitely want to catch at PRB 2017.