April 8, 1999 |
The debate rages on about where and when punk started: London in '75? Detroit in '68? New York in '64? In any case, punk landed in Southern California in the mid-'70s, when Los Angeles and Orange counties grabbed it and, in true do-it-yourself fashion, twisted it into distinct scenes and sounds. The local music scene hasn't been the same since.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2014 |
This post has been corrected. See item below. On a Tuesday night in October 1978, a struggling restaurant in Chinatown decided to try some new music. Madame Wong's was having trouble finding customers with a regular Polynesian dance floor show. So proprietor Esther Wong, with some convincing, gave the stage to two punk rock bands. Guitars wailed. Drums crashed. Eggrolls were served. A new venue for Los Angeles punk rock was born. The late 1970s were a golden time for punk rock in Southern California, but traditional music venues looked down on the budding genre.
February 25, 2011 |
Today, you can't escape punk rock ? the style, iconography and chord changes are as accessible as Hot Topic and top-40 radio. But punk continues to draw its power from the scene of the late 1970s and early '80s, particularly here in Southern California, and to build on its legacy as a savage underground protest music and an art movement that refused to be defined by money. On Friday, art gallery Subliminal Projects opens a new show of photography, art and ephemera called "Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die," which throws open the chaotic energy of an early punk scene that included such bands as Black Flag, the Minutemen, Redd Kross, Bad Religion, the Germs and others.
October 6, 2005
Far removed from the cozy confines where it used to ply its punk-rock trade, Green Day is doing what was once unimaginable for a band from its world: headlining stadiums. Of course, everything has been uncharted territory for the Bay Area band lately, from the resounding critical response to last year's ambitious and pointed "American Idiot" to the best-rock-album Grammy it received.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1997 |
Punk rock will be the theme of the second Teen Concert on Saturday at the Camarillo Community Center. More than 200 teens are expected at the concert, scheduled from 8 p.m. to midnight. It's a way to provide Camarillo youths with a safe and fun Saturday night, according to event sponsors. Bands featured will be the Missing 23rd, No Motiv, Punk Ameoba, The Switch and Good for Nothing.
March 25, 2002 |
The menacing spirit of punk rock has been enveloped by a kinder, gentler pop sensibility these days, but Friday's concert at the Palace featuring San Diego's Unwritten Law, Chicago's Mest and Santa Barbara's Sugarcult showed that the current wave of punk doesn't lack power. Serving up infectious, Cheap Trick-meets-Elvis Costello sounds from its recent album, "Start Static," Sugarcult was an energetic whirlwind of hooks and harmonies.