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January 31, 2014 | By August Brown
Hard-core punk bands don't often say they're sorry. But L.A.'s legendary Black Flag is making amends for a pretty bad year.  The band has announced a new singer - its manager, Mike Vallely - after kicking out vocalist Ron Reyes mid-set during a show in Perth, Australia. In an interview addressing this new role, Vallely told Rolling Stone that Black Flag's founder, Greg Ginn, is well aware that the band's return has been less than hoped for. " We feel that, generally, the band fell short in 2013 because of a difference in the philosophies of Ron and Greg - it just led to dysfunction," Vallely said.
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March 19, 2014 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Hollywood Bowl Nine Inch Nails & Soundgarden, Aug. 25 (Friday) Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Nine Inch Nails & Soundgarden, Aug. 22; KISS & Def Leppard, July 5; Lady Antebellum, June 14 (Friday) The Forum KISS & Def Leppard, July 8; Backstreet Boys, May 29 (Friday); Boston, July 29 (Saturday) RELATED: The 10 Commandments of smartphone use during concerts   Greek Theatre Under the Streetlamp, May 2; Los Lobos' Cinco de Mayo Festival, May 3; ATOMIC BOMB!
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March 10, 2014 | By August Brown
Black Flag was one of the most combative bands in L.A. hardcore, and that antagonism has certainly carried over into their recent reunion.  After founder Greg Ginn sued a bevy of former members and apologized for a rotten 2013 , former singer Ron Reyes gave his first interview about his acrimonious departure from the band. In a talk with beatroute.ca  ( via Pitchfork ), the vocalist airs all sorts of grievances with Ginn, the Black Flag/Flag lawsuit, and his exit from the band.
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March 10, 2014 | By August Brown
Black Flag was one of the most combative bands in L.A. hardcore, and that antagonism has certainly carried over into their recent reunion.  After founder Greg Ginn sued a bevy of former members and apologized for a rotten 2013 , former singer Ron Reyes gave his first interview about his acrimonious departure from the band. In a talk with beatroute.ca  ( via Pitchfork ), the vocalist airs all sorts of grievances with Ginn, the Black Flag/Flag lawsuit, and his exit from the band.
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March 31, 2013 | By Steve Appleford
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2002
Natalie Nichols' piece on Black Flag ("Black Flag, Unfurled," Oct. 6) was helpful to me, at first. As a 48-year-old knucklehead earnestly in search of punk's eternal meaning and important throbs, I was loving every word until I read "time-warped guitar style," "internal cadences." And, this one was especially peculiar: "deliberately avoided creating an image." Huh? Guitar styles have to do with rhythm, technique, guitar-lessons learned -- and passion. Time warps don't pertain unless the guitarist recorded, under the influence of LSD, on Mars.
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September 22, 1994 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Greg Ginn still moves to his own peculiar rhythm. The guitarist and songwriter says he has no regrets about abruptly disbanding the pioneering Los Angeles punk act Black Flag in 1986 or about his virtual disappearance from the rock scene in the years since. "I never got into music to be a professional musician," says Ginn, speaking by phone from outside Seattle during his first long, national tour since the Black Flag days.
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November 27, 1986 | DON WALLER
"We weren't a band that came out and played a lot of our old songs," reflects Black Flag founder/guitarist Greg Ginn in the wake of the local outfit's recent announcement to call it quits after 10 years on the hardcore punk scene. "Obviously, we could've been a lot more popular if we'd done that. But that's not what Black Flag was about, which was constant musical and ideological development."
REAL ESTATE
September 15, 1985
The $25-million Crown Plaza office building at 631 S. Olive St. has been topped out and all went well--there's a fir tree on top and no black flag is flying. According to the developer, English & Continental Property Group, the traditional topping-out ceremony goes back into antiquity, with the ridgepole or highest structural member adorned with a green tree for luck.
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January 11, 1986 | STEVE POND
For a year, Black Flag has been touring steadily, playing its distinctive, raw music in cities all across America--except, that is, for its hometown of Los Angeles. "We've been touring to the point where I think people around the country really know us," says the band's guitarist, Greg Ginn. "But we're a little behind in L.A. I think this town has missed out on a few phases of Black Flag." When the group plays the Stardust Ballroom tonight, in fact, it'll be its first L.A.
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January 31, 2014 | By August Brown
After joining the L.A. hard-core band Black Flag, Henry Rollins became one of the most intense frontmen in rock. Yet even he had to take a back seat to the hold that Cool "Disco" Dan held over his hometown of Washington, D.C., in the '80s. A kind of people's regional superhero, the graffiti artist Cool "Disco" Dan left his distinct tag all over the city while a new strain of funk music, go-go, became the backbeat of African American D.C. Rollins narrates "The Legend of Cool 'Disco' Dan," a documentary on the artist and the era (now available on DVD and streaming at cooldiscodan.com )
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January 31, 2014 | By August Brown
Hard-core punk bands don't often say they're sorry. But L.A.'s legendary Black Flag is making amends for a pretty bad year.  The band has announced a new singer - its manager, Mike Vallely - after kicking out vocalist Ron Reyes mid-set during a show in Perth, Australia. In an interview addressing this new role, Vallely told Rolling Stone that Black Flag's founder, Greg Ginn, is well aware that the band's return has been less than hoped for. " We feel that, generally, the band fell short in 2013 because of a difference in the philosophies of Ron and Greg - it just led to dysfunction," Vallely said.
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August 26, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
This post has been updated. Please see note at bottom for details. Those looking for evidence that the 10th annual FYF Fest had hit a Saturday afternoon peak found it during songwriter Ty Segall's set. As he and his band pushed a hard-strummed acoustic guitar-driven song, the crowd up front danced frantically. Suddenly, a pair of pants flew up from the pit, floated in the air, legs akimbo, then drifted back into the crowd. Up they flew again, and you had to wonder about the potentially trouser-less participant below.
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August 25, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
On Saturday at Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown, the 10th annual FYF Fest drew more than 20,000 fans of underground rock, soul, folk, punk, house, hip hop and techno to bake in the downtown sun, then chill under the stars. Mikal Cronin delivered catchy, acid-drenched rock, the Underachievers sampled the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," Flag tore through Black Flag's "Gimme Gimme Gimme," TV on the Radio offered hard new material, Los Angeles beat producer Nosaj Thing delivered thick, scatterbrained synthetic rhythms and sampled Kendrick Lamar's L.A. anthem "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe," and Deerhunter's magnetic Bradford Cox sang with his head wrapped in a creepy-looking scarf.  We'll have a full review later of the FYF, which continues Sunday with performances by, among others, MGMT, the Melvins, and Omar Souleyman.
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August 20, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
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.
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June 11, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
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.)
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January 13, 1986 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Erstwhile hardcore punk thrashers Black Flag have sort of turned into the thinking person's heavy-metal band--thinking mainly, mind you, about anger, and sin, and guilt, and definitely not redemption. No, Flag's self-serious subject matter hasn't changed much, but the pace has slowed down and sludged out somewhat, with much of the quartet's recent material sounding like a cross between early Black Sabbath and some especially unpleasant form of jazz.
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September 15, 2003 | Natalie Nichols, Special to The Times
The Black Flag "First Four Years" weekend at the Hollywood Palladium started with a bang -- Friday's sold-out opening night -- but ended underwhelmingly at the second and final show Saturday, with a half-full venue and mostly forgettable music.
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May 13, 2013 | By August Brown
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.
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March 31, 2013 | By Steve Appleford
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.
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