CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2006 |
Dirk Dirksen, 69, a punk music impresario who ran San Francisco's Mabuhay Gardens nightclub during its heyday in the 1970s, died Monday in his sleep, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The cause of death was not reported. Considered the godfather of the city's punk rock scene, Dirksen presented a who's who of punk acts in his more than 10 years of running the club. Acts included the Dead Kennedys, Devo, the Ramones, the Mutants, Black Flag and the Go-Go's.
April 9, 1994 |
Though punk rock and bluegrass seem like musical styles that would only meet in the confusing clamor of a stereo store, Dallas' Killbilly have made a career off the unlikely combination. The six-piece band, which has released two indie albums in its eight-year career, picked and strummed twangy versions of punk-rock and pop classics Thursday at Club Lingerie, charming the sparse Hollywood crowd with its tight delivery and rollicking attitude.
August 8, 2012 |
New York City has Frank Sinatra's “New York, New York. " Los Angeles has Randy Newman's “I Love L.A.” Las Vegas has Elvis Presley's “Viva Las Vegas,” unless you prefer the Dead Kennedys version. San Bernardino, where UCLA is holding its training camp, is not left out. In fact, there are two songs. Christie, a 1960s group, titled “San Bernadino,” and Frank Zappa's “San Ber'dino. " Bruins football players can pick their preferred version. Is it the city's official song , sung by Christie?
October 11, 1987 |
A soft-spoken mental health professional from Boulder, Colo., Stan Boucher still smiles slightly when he refers to the young man he named Eric Boucher 29 years ago as "Jello Biafra."
August 6, 2012 |
Among the many sad details coming to light about Wade Michael Page, the suspected shooter in the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting, is a deep involvement with a repellent strain of white-power punk music. The 40-year-old Wade played in a fascist hard-core group called End Apathy. According to an interview that he gave to the website for the Label 56 recording label ( Slate's Dave Weigel has excerpts ), Page also was affiliated with a number of negligible white-power bands with names like Celtic Warrior, Max Resist and Blue Eyed Devils, whose music can still occasionally be found on YouTube.
August 4, 2005
An estimated 148 athletes from around the world will participate in ESPN's 11th annual X Games this weekend, with competitors in skateboarding, motocross, wakeboard and BMX in action. Wakeboard events will be staged in Long Beach Marine Stadium, where admission is free. Skateboard events are slated for Staples Center; moto and BMX events are scheduled at both Staples and the Home Depot Center in Carson.
December 23, 1999 |
How do you get punk-rock fans into the Christmas spirit? Give 'em the spotlight for a few minutes. Inviting audience members onto the House of Blues stage Tuesday to sing their favorite fast-'n'-loud classics during Epitaph Records' holiday bash, a quintet of veteran artists engaged in an amusing, freewheeling and not entirely successful demonstration of punk's egalitarian ideals.
January 7, 2006 |
The Clash's "Guns of Brixton" and PiL's "This Is Not a Love Song" were not written to be cooed but to be spat. Cooed they were, though, when French group Nouvelle Vague played the first of two nights at the Fold at Tangier on Thursday.
April 4, 1994 |
It was like a trip back to L.A.'s early-1980s hard-core scene at the sold-out Shrine Expo Hall on Friday, as the Hermosa Beach quartet Pennywise banged out warp-speed songs and shouted anthemic lyrics for hundreds of amped teens. The band follows in the footsteps of earlier South Bay bands such as Black Flag and the Descendents, and its independent-label "Unknown Road" album has sold more than 75,000 copies, mainly on word of mouth alone.