April 21, 2005 |
Veteran promoter Darryl Potter says he's doing it for the kids. The South Bay rock music mainstay, along with partner Eddie Amago, has created a safe environment to see old- and new-school bands at the Rock It Cafe, a Hawthorne bar and restaurant with a skate-punk heart. "Punk rock got really ugly in the South Bay from '85 to '90," Potter says. "It started to be about gangs and it wasn't fun anymore. If you were a nobody, you got hassled, and if you were a somebody, you had to fight.
October 17, 2004 |
In the winter of 1977, 20-year-old Mike Watt drove from San Pedro with his friend Dennes Boon and discovered punk rock at the Hollywood clubs. While watching bands such as the Germs and X, they realized that maybe a place existed for them in the music world. They had grown up seeing big acts at arena rock shows, so experiencing these bands up close brought the musicians down to earth. The players were around their age, and most of the songs were original and true to the artists' experience.
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July 10, 2003 |
Rachel Bates Freed would never dream of letting her uncool mom tag along to a punk rock festival. But the 14-year-old can't drive, and the concert was too far for walking. Baby-sitting was the answer. Rachel's mom, Betsy, 45, and dozens of other parents found refuge from the noise of the Warped Tour 2003's visit to Ventura in the air-conditioned calm of a "reverse day-care" tent, complete with sound-proof headphones and a big-screen television.
January 30, 2003 |
A log cabin is probably one of the last places on the planet you'd expect to see and hear mod punk rockers, but once a month the Bigfoot Lodge in Atwater becomes just the place for neighborhood regulars to mingle with retro girls, greaser boys, mods and punk rock kids.
July 29, 2001 |
Punk rock exploded with raw energy, adolescent anger and primitive musical passion, but there was one thing it was never supposed to have: longevity. Yet a quarter-century after its shooting-star arrival, punk bands old and new are still putting out records at an undiminished rate.
December 21, 2000 |
The Sex Pistols used to scowl about "no future," but Joe Escalante has seen punk-rock future and for him it's spelled c-i-n-e-m-a. "I'm 37 now--how long can you keep playing in a punk-rock band?" asks Escalante, a founding member of the veteran Orange County/Long Beach group the Vandals. "This movie thing is something I've learned to do and it's something I could see doing after I'm not in a band."