Using the Scene’s Platform to Invoke Change

It should surprise no one to hear that right now in the alternative music scene there are issues that need to be addressed. These issues range from a lack of female fronted bands and representation for them, to allowing alleged abusers to perform at Warped Tour, as well as blatant disrespect for each other as members of the same music community.

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Dear Alternative Press: The Frustrating Problem with “No More Silence”

Hi there – my name is Anna Acosta. If you’ve (likely) never heard of me, I’m an alternative music writer and social justice advocate. You know, the kind that the greasier parts of Reddit probably warned you about. Past outlets include AbsolutePunk.net, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Infectious Magazine, etc. I currently mod and contribute to Chorus.fm and have been a regular on the local blog Buzzbands.LA since 2012.

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A Breakup Letter to Vans Warped Tour

Hi there – my name is Anna Acosta. If you’ve (likely) never heard of me, I’m an alternative music writer and social justice advocate. You know, the kind that the greasier parts of Reddit probably warned you about. Past outlets include AbsolutePunk.net, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Infectious Magazine, etc. I currently mod and contribute to Chorus.fm and have been a regular on the local blog Buzzbands.LA since 2012.

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The Myth of Objectivity

Hi there – my name is Anna Acosta. If you’ve (likely) never heard of me, I’m an alternative music writer and social justice advocate. You know, the kind that the greasier parts of Reddit probably warned you about. Past outlets include AbsolutePunk.net, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Infectious Magazine, etc. I currently mod and contribute to Chorus.fm and have been a regular on the local blog Buzzbands.LA since 2012.

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Witch Hunts and Straw Men: Internet Discourse

Hi there – my name is Anna Acosta. If you’ve (likely) never heard of me, I’m an alternative music writer and social justice advocate. You know, the kind that the greasier parts of Reddit probably warned you about. Past outlets include AbsolutePunk.net, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Infectious Magazine, etc. I currently mod and contribute to Chorus.fm and have been a regular on the local blog Buzzbands.LA since 2012.

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Silence Isn’t Enough: Why Bands Need to Be Involved in the Conversation

Many members of the alternative music scene aren’t interested in having difficult conversations about abuse, assault and discrimination. Conversations like these may add an unwanted seriousness to a community that has long been dedicated to fun and carefree self expression.

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This Controlled Violence: Crowd Behaviors and Our Responsibility to Others

Moshing. Stage-diving. Slam-dancing. Plain ‘ol getting rowdy. These are just a few standard behaviors at punk and hardcore shows. Fans can often be found arguing about the importance of these activities as a cultural factor and an element of the genres themselves.

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It’s Time For Alternative Music To Be A Shelter Again

by Daniel Jason Wonacott

When I was fourteen, I attended my first show at the SOMA in San Diego. I went with my best friend Jeff, who had introduced me to punk rock. The show was Face To Face and Less Than Jake. I did not know what to expect. I was pretty excited and frightened to go to my first punk rock show and finally see the bands I had been listening to at home.

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Power and Professional Conduct In the Anti-Establishment

The power of capital has many faces, whether monetary, social, or emotional. Those without capital often find themselves at the mercy of those who do and are frequently searching for what little the “haves” are willing to give to the “have nots.” In almost every music scene, artists hold the most valuable cards in these three realms of power. Whether or not it is the artists’ intention, fans come seeking this power.

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