August 20, 2013 |
The 10th FYF Fest occurs this weekend at downtown's L.A. State Historic Park, and over the last decade, the annual indie- and punk-heavy gathering has evolved from a duct-taped DIY celebration to a certified, well-produced, Goldenvoice-endowed cultural force. Want to know what's hot among the Converse set? Look no further. Headliners over the two days include My Bloody Valentine, the Breeders, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Beach House and Deerhunter. The equally stacked under card features rising bands and producers, including How to Dress Well, Poolside, Nosaj Thing, Waxahatchee, Metz - and, perhaps most awesome, the not-so-rising Jonathan Richman.
June 11, 2013 |
Black Flag's menacingly simple logo, designed by artist Raymond Pettibon in the late 1970s, has achieved a kind of ubiquity few others have. Born on the streets of Los Angeles, his design for his brother Greg Ginn's band Black Flag consisted solely of four vertical black bars, and has become a symbol known the world over. An entire art book has been devoted to tattoos of this logo, and graffiti spotters across the globe understand the unwritten meaning of the symbol: rebellion. (When I visited Yangon, Myanmar, in 2009, I saw the Black Flag bars spray-painted on a public wall.)
May 13, 2013 |
The announcement came only as four snare drum hits, but fans knew instantly who was headlining FYF Fest this year. The decade-old punk and indie blowout (which is now in collaboration with Coachella producer Goldenvoice) debuted its lineup this morning on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic," when fest founder Sean Carlson played the first second of My Bloody Valentine's "Only Shallow," off its landmark album "Loveless. " In an interview with host Jason Bentley, Carlson also reeled off a long list of most of the fest's bigger names, which this year include Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, MGMT, Devendra Banhart, the Breeders playing "Last Splash," the Black Flag revival project Flag, Solange Knowles and experimental beatmakers Shlohmo and Flume.
March 31, 2013 |
No band from the nascent Los Angeles punk rock scene of the 1970s and '80s has meant more to subsequent hard-core generations than Black Flag. Few could have expected as much at the time. "I'm totally surprised because we didn't know what we were doing," recalls Keith Morris, the band's founding singer, who quit in 1979 to form his own early hard-core act, the Circle Jerks. "This is who we are, this is what we do: get in the room, turn the amps on and let it blast. " Since the band's breakup in 1986, fans and the curious have had to be content with all the "loudfastrules" recordings left behind, but this summer brings a strange new chapter: two competing versions of the band on tour.
January 12, 2012 |
The early SoCal punk scene wasn't all guitars, mosh pits and visions of chaos — although there was a good dose of that, thanks to bands such as the Germs and Black Flag. Rather, the music was experimental, arty and all over the map. "Everything from hard-core punk, electro-punk and new wave music all fit together; there weren't those genre distinctions," says Adam Hyman, executive director of the Los Angeles Filmforum, who curated "Strange Notes and Nervous Breakdowns: Punk and Media Art, 1974-1981," a program of rarely shown films from the early scene premiering Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The shorts, part of Filmforum's Alternative Projections exploration of experimental film in Los Angeles and MOCA's ongoing show "Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981," look back at L.A.'s punk roots with a 100-minute collection of rarely and never-screened performances.
November 4, 2011 |
Punk rock dads open up In the documentary "The Other F Word" the word implied in the title is fatherhood; the film takes a look at the seemingly contradictory transition into middle age for men who are in a working rock band and also trying to settle into a stable family life. The most boldfaced name in the movie is likely Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers (interviewed alongside his daughter), but the main character who emerges is Jim Lindberg, longtime singer with the band Pennywise who also published his own book called "Punk Rock Dad. " He gives the greatest insight into the struggles of being a present, active parent and husband while making a living brashly rocking out, juggling tour dates with father-daughter dances.