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.
July 24, 2011 |
In a rehearsal room in North Hollywood are some of the battle scars Rage Against the Machine has accumulated during many years of conflict and noise. In one corner are the scorched, graffiti-covered amplifiers that bassist Tim Commerford has plugged into for nearly 20 years. At Woodstock 1999, he had the big cabinets draped with a U.S. flag, which he then soaked with lighter fluid between songs, until the final encore of "Killing in the Name. " Thousands of fans were already bouncing and shouting along to the angry, defiant chorus ("I won't do what you tell me!"
April 14, 2011 |
The way Keith Morris holds a microphone is not designed for comfort. He grabs it with one or both hands, elbows locked at rigid angles, and lunges with each syllable as he shouts with epic fury. The eyes bulge, his knees buckle. At 55, the delivery of this punk-rock originator has only intensified with age. In a small rehearsal room on the outskirts of Eagle Rock, Morris is pacing the floor impatiently, much as he did as the founding singer for Black Flag, then for three decades with the Circle Jerks, and now in a new band with an abrupt name — Off!
February 16, 2011
STAGE Henry Rollins '50' The heavily tattooed poet, essayist, radio personality and former lead singer for the legendary punk band Black Flag reached the half century mark Sunday, but he's stretching the celebration out nearly a full week for his L.A. fans. Expect an evening of thought-provoking and amusing talk about life, rock 'n' roll and other scintillating subjects. Largo , 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. Nightly at 8 p.m. through Sunday. $25. (310)
September 13, 2009 |
Mike Skinner started ninth Saturday and won the Copart 200 in a Camping World Trucks Series race at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., that was marred by late crashes. A week ago, Skinner won the first trucks race at the Iowa Speedway, dominating the field from the pole for his second victory of the year and 27th overall. With less than 10 laps to go, Todd Bodine spun through the infield after he tried to block Matt Crafton . With just four laps to go, Crafton sent race leader Ron Hornaday , who is also the points leader, spinning out after the two bumped on the first turn.
June 5, 2008 |
IN 1978, the Cramps, the sublimely spooky punk act, treated the patients of Napa State Mental Hospital to a free afternoon show. Joe Rees, the founder of Target Video, recorded it with only available light on a reel-to-reel. Bootleg copies circulated for years; it was released on DVD in 2004. "It was incredible," Rees says from his Reno home, where he releases DVDs from the archives. "The Cramps were at the height of their powers. You couldn't tell the patients from the band. . . . Many of the patients danced right next to the band, mimicking their movements perfectly."