January 25, 2013 |
Former first-generation Southern California punk guitarist Mike Atta might not be as known as some of the peers he and his band the Middle Class influenced, but his place in the annals of L.A. rebel music is understood. The band was founded in 1977, and was one of the region's first hard-core punk bands -- if not the first. Need evidence? The lineup for Friday night's benefit concert at the Echoplex, which has been organized in an effort to stem Atta's medical bills from cancer treatments, will feature some of the great names of early L.A. punk.
January 19, 2013 |
Here's a sign that a punk band is out of touch: When its fortysomething guitarist stands before a sold-out crowd of four thousand mostly white, beefy dudes, and rails against the one thing he hates the most - using a violent homophobic slur to do so. Granted, Pennywise's Fletcher Dragge was trying to rip on his heavy metal-listening high school nemeses, and the rest of the band cringed and mumbled “Not cool” while Dragge tried to walk it...
January 1, 2013 |
It's odd to think of Los Angeles punk band Redd Kross as a legacy act, considering its bassist Steven McDonald learned his instrument at age 11, shortly before he and older brother Jeff, 15, opened for Black Flag in the early '80s. But more than three decades later, here they are, delivering the kind of fuzzed-out melodies and explosive girl-group harmonies that at their 1980s prime propelled them to near-stardom. Equally strange is the notion that the band, which has returned from a 15-year hiatus with a new studio album, wouldn't be as well known to indie kids in 2012 as peers Sonic Youth, the Jesus and Mary Chain and Dinosaur Jr. are, considering that at Redd Kross' popular peak they were as acclaimed as any of them.
November 8, 2012 |
We Got Power! Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California David Markey and Jordan Schwartz Bazillion Points: 288 pp., $39.95 When music historians discuss California rock music, the post-punk burst that rocked Southern California in the early 1980s is often washed away by waves of classic surf music. But as "We Got Power! Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California" reminds us, the energy and spirit that explodedin that short span helped define a youth movement still active and vital 30 years later.
August 30, 2012 |
The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre is hoping to make your Labor Day with its “Eastwood Westerns” program. The retrospective of Clint Eastwood's best sagebrush sagas begins Monday evening with his final spaghetti western for director Sergio Leone, 1966's “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” which also stars Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef. On tap for Wednesday is “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” the 1976 revisionist Western he also directed. Sondra Locke, who would be Eastwood's collaborator both on and off screen for several years, is also featured.
September 1, 2011 |
The first time Sean Carlson organized the FYF Festival, in 2004, he was barely 18 and thrilled just to bring some of his favorite indie bands and comedians to the Echo and other scattered clubs. "No organization," Carlson remembers fondly. "It was just a disaster. It was great. " He presented 30 bands and a dozen comedians (including an unknown Zach Galifianakis) that year for a crowd of 2,500. Carlson made about $8, not yet realizing that he'd begun a career as street-level impresario for an exploding music scene in and around downtown, Silver Lake and Echo Park.