Punk Rock Bowling 2021 Preview

Is there anything that goes better with punk rock than bowling? Take the punks to the lanes in Vegas with Punk Rock Bowling, Friday-Sunday, September 24th-26th....
Punk Rock Bowling
Punk Rock Bowling

Is there anything that goes better with punk rock than bowling? Take the punks to the lanes in Vegas with Punk Rock Bowling, Friday-Sunday, September 24th-26th:


Main Stage


Descendents, 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM

Amid the plethora of indie reunions in the twenty-first century, one of the most welcome has been that of Los Angeles’ Descendents (QRO photos at a festival). One of the seminal punk bands of the eighties (QRO photos at a festival), singer/research biochemist Milo Aukerman left the group in 1987, with which the rest of the Descendents (QRO photos at a festival) recruited a new singer and became fellow Punk Rock Bowling ’21 performer ALL (see below), but Aukerman returned in 1995. The group went on hiatus again in 2004, but 2010 saw them return, again – so go see where today’s punk is Descended from (QRO photos), as they return to Punk Rock Bowling (QRO photos at a festival).


Frank Turner, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

While Frank Turner (QRO photos) began his life in music as singer for the post-hardcore act Million Dead, since that band’s break-up in 2005, the Bahrain-born, Britain-raised artists has turned to political indie-folk (QRO photos at a festival). He’s not a stranger to big stages, however (QRO photos at a festival), returning to Punk Rock Bowling.

Frank Turner

The Menzingers, 6:25 PM – 7:05 PM

Coming from the home of The Office & Joe Biden, Scranton’s ska-punks The Menzingers (QRO photos at a festival in Pennsylvania) bring ska-punk back to Vegas.

The Menzingers

Dillinger Four, 5:10 PM – 5:50 PM

Minneapolis has given the world a litany of great punk bands (plus Prince), but that’s still going strong is the influential Dillinger Four (QRO photos), who returns to Punk Rock Bowling.

Dillinger Four


F.Y.P., 4:00 PM – 4:35 PM

The Darts, 3:00 PM – 3:25 PM

The Sunnydales, 2:10 PM – 2:30 PM

The Sunnydales

Monster Stage


Anti-Flag, 8:35 PM – 9:10 PM

Steel City punks Anti-Flag (QRO photos at a festival) left the major labels behind on 2009’s The People Or the Gun and 2012’s The General Strike, but have kept up their activism – the band attempted to put on an anti-G20 show when the world leaders forum came to their native Pittsburgh, only for it to be closed down due to massive police presence in the city (and lack of parking). More recently, they’ve been heavily involved in the worldwide Occupy movement, so of course this ain’t their first Punk Rock Bowling (QRO photos at a punk rock festival).


The Queers, 7:10 PM – 7:40 PM

It took balls to call your band The Queers in 1981, but that’s what these New Hampshire fighters did, and are still pushing boundaries (QRO live review).

The Queers


The Dwarves, 5:55 PM – 6:20 PM

Pears, 4:40 PM – 5:05 PM

Bad Cop / Bad Cop, 3:30 PM – 3:55 PM

The Linecutters, 2:35 PM – 2:55 PM

Jerk!, 1:45 PM – 2:05 PM

The Dwarves


Main Stage


Circle Jerks, 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM

One of the legends of American punk rock, Circle Jerks formed way back in 1979 with former Black Flag singer Keith Morris and Redd Kross guitarist Greg Hetson. The group (QRO live review) influenced & inspired pretty much all punks from the eighties on. They also broke up & reformed many times, most recently this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Group Sex (originally planned for last year, but punks aren’t on time), and come to perfect place to do it, Punk Rock Bowling.

Circle Jerks

Streetlight Manifesto, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

New Brunswick’s Streetlight Manifesto bring their third wave ska-punk back to Punk Rock Bowling.

Streetlight Manifesto

The Menzingers, 6:25 PM – 7:05 PM

Coming from the home of The Office & Joe Biden, Scranton’s ska-punks The Menzingers (QRO photos at a festival in Pennsylvania) bring ska-punk back to Vegas.

The Menzingers


Leftöver Crack, 6:25 PM – 7:05 PM

Youth Brigade, 5:10 PM – 5:50 PM

Good Riddance, 4:00 PM – 4:35 PM

Urethane, 3:00 PM – 3:25 PM

The Side Eyes, 2:10 PM – 2:30 PM

Leftöver Crack

Monster Stage


Youth of Today, 8:35 PM – 9:10 PM

Eschewing the nihilism strain in eighties punk rock, Youth of Today brought more optimism, but no less fury, including embracing the straight edge lifestyle. They broke up as the nineties broke, but returned a decade ago (including bassist Walter Schreifels – QRO tour review), and now return to Punk Rock Bowling.

Youth of Today

The Aggrolites, 7:10 PM – 7:40 PM

Punk nicely embraces other styles of music, such as the reggae of The Aggrolites, who return to Punk Rock Bowling.

The Aggrolites

The Bronx, 5:55 PM – 6:20 PM

Certain hardcore bands have been breaking into the indie-mainstream, such as Canada’s Fucked Up (see below) and Los Angeles’ own The Bronx (other than Chicago & Boston, are any bands named after their own hometowns?…). Not that The Bronx (QRO photos at a festival) are your run-of-the-mill hardcore act – see their Latin alter ego, Mariachi El Bronx (QRO photos at a festival).

The Bronx


Plague Vendor, 4:40 PM – 5:05 PM

Field Day, 3:30 PM – 3:55 PM

Decent Criminal, 2:35 PM – 2:55 PM

Suburban Resistance, 1:45 PM – 2:05 PM

Plague Vendor


Main Stage


DEVO, 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM

If a festival comes along, you must whip it! So proto-punk they seemed light years ahead of it, Akron, Ohio’s DEVO started in 1973, but broke through in 1980 with the classic out there hit, “Whip It” (whose video was a mainstay in the early days of MTV). One of the first futuristic, strange-yet-accessible bands, DEVO had the predictable decline after “Whip It”, finally breaking up in 1991, but reuniting five years later to play the classics.

The twenty-first century have seen DEVO more active, from their first European tour in almost twenty years in 2007 to their first Akron show in thirty years to support Barack Obama. They even released a new album in 2014, Something Else For Everybody, and just this year released their own documentary, Devolution: A Devo Theory. Are we not men? We are DEVO! (QRO photos at a festival)


Lunachicks, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

New York’s nineties punk rock outfit Lunachicks were all prepared to reunite last year, but of course that was canceled, so of course they’re doing it now at Punk Rock Bowling.


The Murder City Devils, 6:25 PM – 7:05 PM

Seattle garage-punks Murder City Devils broke up before garage-rock took off, but got back together for a spate of shows in the back half of the last decade, before hinting at new material – 2014’s The White Ghost Has Blood On Its Hands Again.

Murder City Devils

ALL, 5:10 PM – 5:50 PM

Descended from the equally influential Punk Rock Bowling ’21 performer Descendents (see above), these eighties punks reunited at 2008’s Chicago’s Democratic National Convention, though only with sporadic appearances (including Punk Rock Bowling ’11) due to health issues. But you can keep Allroy down…



The Schizophonics, 4:00 PM – 4:35 PM

The Last Gang, 3:00 PM – 3:25 PM

Babe Patrol, 2:10 PM – 2:30 PM

The Schizophonics

Monster Stage


Municipal Waste, 8:35 PM – 9:10 PM

Crossover thrash icons Municipal Waste (QRO photos) return to destroy the lanes at Punk Rock Bowling.

Municipal Waste

The English Beat, 7:10 PM – 7:40 PM

One of the seminal acts in the early eighties British Two-Tone ska movement, The Beat were a hit in their native country before their 1983 break-up. In the twenty-first century, there have been two editions, U.K.’s The Beat and America’s The English Beat (QRO live review), the latter of which return to Punk Rock Bowling.

The English Beat


Riverboat Gamblers, 5:55 PM – 6:20 PM

MDC, 4:40 PM – 5:05 PM

Bridge City Sinners, 3:30 PM – 3:55 PM

Crazy & The Brains, 2:35 PM – 2:55 PM

The Twits, 1:45 PM – 2:05 PM

Riverboat Gamblers