Who are the new pop-punk bands? -- Here's the difference between Cartel, Quietdrive, and Boys Like Girls

By Leah Greenblatt
Updated August 17, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Hometown Boston Their Sound Punchy guitars, hooky choruses. You Know Them From Their hit-the-road anthem ”The Great Escape,” currently in heavy rotation on MTV. Verdict Depends on whether the group can transcend their fairly generic Warped Tour sound.

Hometown Atlanta Their Sound Warbling, confessional punk-lite. You Know Them From The recent MTV reality show Band in a Bubble and their 2006 video for ”Honestly,” a wink-wink homage to MySpace dating. Verdict Pretty decent soundtrack for the food-court crowd.

Hometown Minneapolis Their Sound Bouncy riffs, plenty of whoas, and angsty, my-tooth-hurts vocals. You Know Them From Their rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s ”Time After Time” from a WNBA campaign. Verdict Not bad, but major points docked for taking the easy way out with a cover tune.