What exactly constitutes punk music today? Punk has changed since the guidelines set by the Rancids and Bad Religions of days passed. As Absolutepunk.net has shown by organizing this tour, the word "punk" has taken on a far broader definition than what it meant to the genre’s forefathers.
Headliner Audio Karate played catchy, upbeat, pop-friendly songs with just enough of an edge to maintain credibility, adding a very Mexican orientation. Say Anything took punk in a different direction, with more of an indie, garage vibe to their style, while fellow opener MC Lars walked a fine line between humor and seriousness the way only a white boy rapper can. Most of the kids took each group for what they were worth and had a good time, while others scratched their heads in perplexity. Either way, it was a little something for the soft punk in all of us.