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Echoes of Redemption: A Journey from Despair to Strength Through Music and Straight Edge

For more than three decades, straight edge has ebbed and flowed through the hardcore scene.  The articles in this section span twenty years’ worth of ideas, feelings, and thoughts about straight edge from a female perspective.

Some of these articles were written by girls who are now women. Our thoughts were raw and unfiltered as teens.  We were (and some of still are) frustrated with the status quo. We are tired of having our voices drowned out.

As we have grown and evolved, so have our ideas about what it means to be straight edge.  These are our stories, our thoughts, our journeys.

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In the vibrant tapestry of hardcore history, Double Cross stands as a monumental chronicle, etched in the memories of hardcore kids. Founded in 2008 by the legendary Tim McMahon, vocalist of iconic straight-edge bands like Mouthpiece and Hands Tied, and his comrade-in-arms, Brian 'Gordo' Jordan, Dou
12-year-old Logan Kelly sits down with the legendary Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat. In this insightful conversation, Logan explores the essence of what it means to be Straight Edge and a Punk through the eyes of one of the genre's most influential figures.
Dive into the revolutionary role of Straight Edge women in the hardcore scene. Discover their history, challenges, and empowerment in the punk-rock wave of the '80s. Explore how they defy stereotypes and lead with resilience in a male-dominated space


In our latest feature, we spotlight Katja Schmitt, a 43-year-old single mother from Germany. Juggling the demands of motherhood and a full-time career, Katja dedicates her spare time to raising awareness about toxic relationships and PTSD. Recently embracing the straight edge lifestyle, she is part
In this interview, we feature Aesop Mongo, a 29-year-old graphic designer, and guitarist for No X Cure (Heavy Death/Dark/Metallic Hardcore Straight Edge out of Alabama). Keep reading to learn about her hobbies, how and when she claimed edge, and what currently driving her forward. Keep up
Join Mic and Stephen as they delve into the enduring influence of 108 on the hardcore scene, discussing its evolution since the '90s while retaining its essence. Explore the intersection of spirituality and hardcore, along with coffee reviews and a discussion on Mouth Full of Locusts' new EP.



Interview with Brandi Pillow of Adrienne

Written by Ling Ling Some girls participate in cheerleading while other girls attend sororities. Some girls go shopping while other girls work. Some girls sing while other girls scream. Brandi Pillow is a prime example of a girl who decided to steer away from the normal. She is a powerful screamer in a band called […]
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Straightedge Culture

Examining the Shift in Hardcore Straightedge Culture: From Unity to Clique

a critical examination of today's hardcore straightedge culture, as we explore the transformation from a united community to a high school clique mentality. This article sheds light on the challenges facing the scene, from fashion-centric attitudes to superficial judgments, and calls for a return to the authentic roots of hardcore and straightedge values.
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Hard Core Consumption: Since When Has Mainstream Become Alternative?

Explore the intersection of consumerism and hardcore culture in our latest piece. Get into the changing dynamics of merchandise at shows, the rise of materialism within the community, and the balance between supporting bands and preserving the scene's unique ethos
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Sworn Vengeance

Show Review: Sworn Vengeance

Relive the electrifying one-night-only reunion of Sworn Vengeance, a legendary name in the Reno straight edge scene. This article captures the anticipation, energy, and unforgettable performances from their 2007 show, featuring insights from fans and a detailed account of the night's events, showcasing the enduring spirit of hardcore music.
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Show Review: Bonnaroo 2007

Originally Published: Monday, July 2, 2007Written by: Megan  With a wide variety of tunes, comedians, shops, to-dos, people, and well, drugs; Bonnaroo 2007 was kick ass experience for all. There are a plethora of words that I can use to explain my experience, but I don’t believe that combining them all would give proper credit. […]
Girl Moshing

A Response: Girls Get Out of the Pit

a personal exploration of the hardcore music scene from the perspective of an individual seeking authenticity and a unique outlet. This article offers a candid reflection on the journey to find belonging, the challenges of being different, and the embrace of moshing as a form of self-expression and release in a music genre that defies mainstream norms.
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