10 “Up And Comers” You Don’t Want To Miss at Punk Rock Bowling 2017 – Vegas

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.


Mobina Galore

Mobina Galore is an aggressive pop punk duo with songwriting chops to spare. They have the urgency of old school Against Me!, with lots of chunky chords and big hooks delivered by a glass-gargling throat. Feeling Disconnected is their latest, and sure to show up on a bunch of year end lists.

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Where to see them?

Saturday, May 27th on the main stage at 4:05pm.


Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves

Have you heard The Cross and the Switchblade? These guys are climbing the ladder. Think melodic punk, not a far shot from the soulful gruff of Red City Radio. Fast and loud and built for beer-soaked singalongs.

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Where to see them?

Wolvesx4 are opening for the Menzingers on Saturday, May 27th at the Bunkhouse.


The Lucky Eeejits

Kicking out the sort of jams that make you wanna skateboard in ‘95, the Lucky Eejits write the sort of music that pulls from the sun-drenched history of Epifat. Lots of woahs, bouncy bass lines, and galloping drums make for a band ready to expand their influence beyond the west coast.

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Where to see them?

The Lucky Eejits are opening for The Mr. T Experience on Saturday, May 27th at the Beauty Bar.


Strike Twelve

Damn, I haven’t checked in on Strike Twelve for a while, but they’re one of those bands you are always happy to see truckin’ along. Apparently, they’ve been around since 2003, steadily kicking out poppy skate punk jams. This year, they released a new album that sees them at their most aggressive and political. Right now, they’re underrated, Down with the Ship might change that.

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Where to see them?

Strike Twelve are opening for The Dickies at a free (free!) pool party. Check it out at the Gold Spike on Monday, May 29th.


Problem Daughter

Yes, we had a hand in releasing their last album. But, we had a hand in it because it was that good. Problem Daughter are the only band I can name from Utah, so I have to give them credit as the best from the entire state. Fits of Disorganized Boredom blew me away with its hooky, yet progressive pop punk energy. This is the sort of music that comes from accomplished musicians and songwriters, and if you catch them at PRB this year, you’ll be in for a treat.

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Where to see them?

This will be an amazing show. Problem Daughter is opening for Pears and Direct Hit! at the Hogs N Heifers Saloon on Saturday, May 27th.


Drug Church

Drug Church will be a breath of fresh air for a lot of punk fans. In a sea of SoCal influenced melodic punk bands, Drug Church is a decidedly post-hardcore influenced troupe that sounds something like Quicksand or Ceremony grinded through a fuzzy alt rock food processor. It sounds cold and dreary, but never anything less than intense.

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Where to see them?

The main stage! Saturday, May 27th at 4:40pm.


True Rivals

Hailing from LA, True Rivals play a hard-hitting variety of catchy punk rock that seems rooted in the genre of “when Rancid was good.” It’s not as bass-heavy, and a lot more polished, but it has the same speed and feet-on-the-street energy that made Rancid catchy, but never pop. Listen for badass leads and breakneck speed.

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Where to see them?

See them opening for a mystery act, alongside Giuda and Drakulas at the Backstage Bar and Billiards Sunday, May 28th.


Starving Wolves

This street punk act from Austin, Texas has been gaining recognition for their high energy performances alongside big name acts like Leftover Crack, Naked Aggression and Bad Cop/Bad Cop among others. We can’t think of any better way to wake up! So, get moving early, get hydrated, get your hepatitis shot and get your ass down to the opening day Pool Party at The Gold Spike to catch this frenetic five piece. The show is free to the general public (first come, first served)!

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Where to see them?

Gold Spike Pool Party with Street Dogs and Sic Waiting. Noon-3pm Saturday 27th


The Linecutters

Wanna maintain your punk cred while on vacation? Well, head out to Day Two’s pool party (brought to you by Slope Records) to catch this skacore trio from Gilbert, Arizona. Since 2013 these youngsters have been railing against the establishment with their gritty ska riffs and acerbic, sardonic lyrics. If for no other reason, you need to make it to this free show just to witness the mesmerizing drumming of Kaz McClain. #GeneralGrievousStatus

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Where to see them?

Gold Spike Pool Party with Lion’s Law and Varukers. Noon-3pm Sunday 28th


Booze & Glory

If PRB 2016 was ‘The Year of Skate Punk’, 2017 is certainly The Year of Street Punk with numerous, iconic acts from the popular subgenre set to play the Festival (hope you packed some Fred Perry attire!). One of the most underrated street punk acts to be included in in this year’s lineup is London’s Booze & Glory. The quartet has been around for for awhile now and has a fairly large catalog of music but are never mentioned alongside other modern day street punk bands despite that longevity and level of production.


Where to see them?

Mainstage Monday the 30th at 5:10pm

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