January 29, 2013 |
Greg Graffin knows something about teenage rebellion. As the young singer for one of SoCal's most prominent hard-core punk bands, Bad Religion, raging against parental control (and the global system) was his core mission in the early 1980s. Although lyrics on the band's new album, "True North," still focus on political grievance and societal ills, the generational conflict he once experienced as a suburban San Fernando Valley punk has now emerged between Graffin and his own son, now 21. He's learned to accept it. "[Children are]
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...
November 21, 2012 |
Words don't mean a lot to Chino Moreno. For the singer and lyricist from the ethereal metal band Deftones, songs are all about melody and the venting of pure emotion, not poetry. “I really don't think too much about writing lyrics. I'm not like a poet,” says Moreno, calling from a Deftones tour stop in Argentina. “It's all pretty much how I feel about the sound of the music. Melody always comes first, and the words will just come. It's sort of a puzzle to put together.” Even his fellow band members aren't sure what he's singing about, although the emotional stakes seem clear.
November 10, 2012 |
Before Chan Marshall's Cat Power took the stage at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, the house DJ set the mood by playing Bob Dylan's "Shelter From the Storm" as her band walked on. She couldn't have picked more apropos entrance music. Marshall recently announced that she'd canceled her upcoming European tour due to struggles with angioedema, a painful skin-swelling condition, and an apparent bankruptcy. "I have not thrown in any towel, I am trying to figure out what best I can do. Heart broken.
November 8, 2012
Admit it. You thought you had Cat Power's Chan Marshall pegged — and maybe grown a little nervous that her smooth, smoky voice and increasingly carefree demeanor had settled into a blue-eyed soul groove that would soundtrack hipster dinner parties through the next decade. But "Sun" will prove you wrong. A big, confident and captivating pop album that's so far removed from her Memphis-inspired previous album of originals "The Greatest" (In between, she released an album of covers called "Jukebox")
October 30, 2012 |
A strange feeling came over Randy Blythe of the heavy metal band Lamb of God just moments before stepping onstage last August: He got nervous. The occasion was opening night of the Knotfest hard rock festival in Council Bluff, Iowa, another in a series of high-profile gigs for the singer. But it wasn't the crowd or the spotlight that had him anxious. Just days earlier, Blythe was imprisoned in the Czech Republic, facing manslaughter charges and uncertain as to when or how he would be released.