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September 10, 2013 | By August Brown
Ah Christmas, that idyllic time of year when families gather around the fire, don hokey reindeer sweaters and listen to their favorite Bad Religion albums . Yep, the scenario is now a genuine option for yuletide merriment. L.A.'s favorite faith-antagonizing, science-riffing hard-core band has announced it's releasing an album of Christmas standards, "Christmas Songs," on Epitaph Oct. 29. Just in time for Halloween! PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times The band has long joked that it would pull this stunt, and after years of winking live holiday covers, it looks as if they've finally made good on the threat to make a record of them.
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September 10, 2013 | By August Brown
Ah Christmas, that idyllic time of year when families gather around the fire, don hokey reindeer sweaters and listen to their favorite Bad Religion albums . Yep, the scenario is now a genuine option for yuletide merriment. L.A.'s favorite faith-antagonizing, science-riffing hard-core band has announced it's releasing an album of Christmas standards, "Christmas Songs," on Epitaph Oct. 29. Just in time for Halloween! PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times The band has long joked that it would pull this stunt, and after years of winking live holiday covers, it looks as if they've finally made good on the threat to make a record of them.
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January 29, 2013 | By Steve Appleford, Los Angeles Times
Greg Graffin knows something about teenage rebellion. As the young singer for one of SoCal's most prominent hard-core punk bands, Bad Religion, raging against parental control (and the global system) was his core mission in the early 1980s. Although lyrics on the band's new album, "True North," still focus on political grievance and societal ills, the generational conflict he once experienced as a suburban San Fernando Valley punk has now emerged between Graffin and his own son, now 21. He's learned to accept it. "[Children are]
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January 30, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
With singer-pugilist Chris Brown making more of the wrong kind of headlines this week , it was only a matter of hours before we heard from his on-again-off-again-on-again paramour, Rihanna. Just in time for Valentine's Day, Rihanna tells Rolling Stone that she's glad to be back together with Brown, who's currently serving five years' probation after pleading guilty to assaulting her the night before the 2009 Grammy Awards. "I decided it was important for me to be happy...
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January 24, 2013 | By August Brown
Wednesday night was probably the first time a singer used the phrase “hemagglutinin” onstage at the Echo. Longtime L.A. punk fans know that can mean only one thing -- local heroes Bad Religion were playing a rare club-sized show, and its vocalist/UCLA biology professor Greg Graffin was warning the front rows that he'd recently had the flu. “That's the 'H' in H1N2,' It describes proteins in the virus,” he said, launching into a riff on...
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January 8, 2013 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Hollywood Palladium Pierce the Veil / All Time Low, May 9; STS9, March 2 (Fri.) Orpheum Theatre Yes, March 6 (Fri.) OC Fair & Events Center MUSINK with Bad Religion and more, March 8-10 (Fri.) El Rey Theatre Lotus, March 22; Living Colour, March 30 (Sat.) Roxy Terror and H20, Feb. 14 (now) Fonda Theatre Feed Me, Feb. 16-17; Daedelus, March 29 (now)
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September 28, 1996 | SANDY MASUO
Back in 1979, the Clash emphasized that anger can be power if you know that you can use it. Three years later, Bad Religion began using their anger to buttress the SoCal hard-core scene and lay the foundation for their lengthy career in punk. Unleashing anger is one thing. Cultivating it for nearly 15 years is another--and lately, Bad Religion's ire has been sounding a little tired.
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January 20, 2002
*** BAD RELIGION "The Process of Belief" Epitaph God--however you choose (or not) to define that term--bless Bad Religion. In an era when too many demand unquestioning loyalty to the status quo, the veteran L.A. band provides a by turns muscular, melodic and melancholy guide to challenging the norm and making your own rules. OK, right--that's pretty much what these guys have been doing throughout their 20-year recording career.
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February 4, 1991 | JONATHAN GOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Out of the hundreds of hard-core punk bands that gigged around Los Angeles in the early '80s, Bad Religion was among the last you might have picked for long-term success. T Its live shows were erratic, its personnel unstable, its second album was an unholy prog-rock-style mess. Some people assumed that any kid wearing a Bad Religion T-shirt was just too unhip to like Flipper or Black Flag. But in 1991, Bad Religion is by all accounts the most popular hard-core punk band in the world.
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January 26, 2002 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even punk rock needs its institutions, and in sheer force and unexpected longevity Bad Religion certainly qualifies. In a 90-minute performance at the Whisky on Thursday, the hometown punk icons reignited their attack of action and intelligence, a still-urgent sound two decades on. Bad Religion started as just another band of teenagers with loud guitars and went on to become a major player in the genre and a crucial influence on such later acts as Green Day and Rancid.
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January 29, 2013 | By Steve Appleford, Los Angeles Times
Greg Graffin knows something about teenage rebellion. As the young singer for one of SoCal's most prominent hard-core punk bands, Bad Religion, raging against parental control (and the global system) was his core mission in the early 1980s. Although lyrics on the band's new album, "True North," still focus on political grievance and societal ills, the generational conflict he once experienced as a suburban San Fernando Valley punk has now emerged between Graffin and his own son, now 21. He's learned to accept it. "[Children are]
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January 24, 2013 | By August Brown
Wednesday night was probably the first time a singer used the phrase “hemagglutinin” onstage at the Echo. Longtime L.A. punk fans know that can mean only one thing -- local heroes Bad Religion were playing a rare club-sized show, and its vocalist/UCLA biology professor Greg Graffin was warning the front rows that he'd recently had the flu. “That's the 'H' in H1N2,' It describes proteins in the virus,” he said, launching into a riff on...
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January 24, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Though it's one of the most obsessively bootlegged bands on the planet, Pearl Jam has played only sporadically in North America over the last few years, and that doesn't appear set to change in 2013: On Wednesday, the long-running Seattle group announced it will play two concerts in July -- neither one, we must report, in Los Angeles. On July 16, Pearl Jam is scheduled to perform at Canada's Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario; three days later the band will hit Chicago's Wrigley Field on July 19. Tickets for both shows -- referred to in a release as "An Evening with Pearl Jam," meaning no opening act -- are to go on sale Feb. 9. The only other dates on the band's itinerary at the moment are appearances at three South American festivals: Lollapalooza Brasil (in Sao Paulo on March 31)
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January 8, 2013 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Hollywood Palladium Pierce the Veil / All Time Low, May 9; STS9, March 2 (Fri.) Orpheum Theatre Yes, March 6 (Fri.) OC Fair & Events Center MUSINK with Bad Religion and more, March 8-10 (Fri.) El Rey Theatre Lotus, March 22; Living Colour, March 30 (Sat.) Roxy Terror and H20, Feb. 14 (now) Fonda Theatre Feed Me, Feb. 16-17; Daedelus, March 29 (now)
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June 4, 2011
MUSIC The Open Borders Festival This fest takes its title literally (it's housed in a former Borders bookstore) and figuratively (it breaks down genre barriers). Artists as varied as Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, avant-rapper Murs, stoner-rock titans Entrance Band and country-cute combo He's My Brother She's My Sister play. Borders Books & Music, 125 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Sat.-July 30, various times. (805) 497-1018. KROQ Weenie Roast A cavalcade of alt-rock giants converges for the KROQ Weenie Roast.
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June 2, 2011
A cavalcade of alternative rock giants converges for the KROQ Weenie Roast, the storied radio station's 19th annual celebration of summer, rock 'n' roll and hot dogs. Catch nonstop musical entertainment from Linkin Park, Rise Against, the Strokes, the Airborne Toxic Event, Bad Religion and more, with proceeds benefiting Music for Relief, Heal the Bay and the Surfrider Foundation. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 1-10 p.m. Sat. $45-$75. kroq.radio.com.
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June 29, 2009 | August Brown
It's either a testament to the Warped Tour's longevity or a knock on its creativity that Bad Religion and NOFX, the bands headlining this 15th installment of the youth-skewing summer punk rock road show, could have played at any point in the outing's history. Both groups remain beloved staples of teenage counterculture, but at Friday's Warped kickoff date at the Pomona Fairplex, loyalists in the circle pit in front of the stage might have felt like it was 1999. Or 2004. Or 2008.
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