March 14, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas -- “I am the musician,” Dave Grohl said during this keynote speech at the South by Southwest music festival and conference, “and I come first.” In just under an hour Thursday, the former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters leader preached artist independence -- a philosophy, he said, that was informed by seeing Chicago punk band Naked Raygun and being almost destroyed by the “guilt” of success. It was a speech that alternately corrected some myths about Nirvana while perpetuating others.
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 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.
September 24, 2012 |
Few places embody punk rock ideals less than Las Vegas, the setting for Green Day singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong's onstage tantrum on Friday night. And few Green Day albums embody the punk ideal less than "¡Uno!," the band's eighth studio album. Both highlight the challenges of turning rebellion into money. Sponsored by corporate radio monolith Clear Channel, the Vegas event was called the iHeartRadio Music Festival, and took place at the MGM Grand Hotel. The annual festival, now in its third year, is designed to draw attention to the corporation's I Heart Radio smartphone application.
August 21, 2012 |
Soundgarden's well-received returning tour last year must have been a pleasure for the band as well. The canonical '90s heavy rockers have announced a forthcoming album, " King Animal ," due out this fall. The news comes via a brief video montage of the band in-studio and onstage during this recent round of touring, plus a clip of a new tune called "Worse Dreams. " The song's Sabbath-y riffage and dueling lead lines suggest the band hasn't lost a step in its pursuit of sludgy transcendence.
August 7, 2012 |
The guitar riffs come from punk rock, the lyrics from fascist ideology. Bands stake their territory with names like Aryan Rebels and Definite Hate. And when the Blue Eyed Devils sing "White Victory," you can bet that it isn't a love song. This hate-filled subculture of neo-Nazi bands has been around since the early days of punk rock in the 1970s, but has edged uneasily into the spotlight following the shooting deaths of six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin by alleged gunman Wade Michael Page.
August 6, 2012 |
Get your credit cards and clicker fingers ready: San Francisco punk rock band Green Dayannounced a surprise Los Angeles gig at the Echoplex in Echo Park for Monday night, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. The trio of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool are teasing their forthcoming triumvirate of new albums, “Uno,” “Dos” and “Tre,” which are coming starting in September. The 700-capacity basement club in Echo Park is only a little bigger than the Coconut Teaszer in Hollywood, where in one early 1990 L.A. gig, Green Day headlined a notable bill that also included No Use for a Name, Down by Law, Popdefect and Hunger Farm.
June 26, 2012 |
Showtime for the Cult is just 15 minutes away. Singer Ian Astbury puts on a black leather jacket and clips a furry tail to his belt. Guitarist Billy Duffy stretches, paces and hops in place. The '80s-born British rock band is set to perform the outdoor stage of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” and these days its focus is less on the old hits than songs from a new album, “Choice of Weapon.” It's the band's best-reviewed release in well over a decade. “Show business! And they pay you for it too,” says Duffy, who played the Hollywood Palladium on June 23 with the Cult.
March 7, 2012 |
"I sometimes drink 'til I am empty, grab another from the shelf," begins a verse from the Flogging Molly song "The Cradle of Humankind. " It concludes with the couplet, "Never listened to much reason, 'til I hear it's last call / When I notice that my ghost is still dancing on its own. " "Cradle" is one of the highlights off the seven-piece band's angry, beautiful, politically charged CD "Speed of Darkness," a raucous, punk-folk collection that...
January 12, 2012 |
The early SoCal punk scene wasn't all guitars, mosh pits and visions of chaos — although there was a good dose of that, thanks to bands such as the Germs and Black Flag. Rather, the music was experimental, arty and all over the map. "Everything from hard-core punk, electro-punk and new wave music all fit together; there weren't those genre distinctions," says Adam Hyman, executive director of the Los Angeles Filmforum, who curated "Strange Notes and Nervous Breakdowns: Punk and Media Art, 1974-1981," a program of rarely shown films from the early scene premiering Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The shorts, part of Filmforum's Alternative Projections exploration of experimental film in Los Angeles and MOCA's ongoing show "Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981," look back at L.A.'s punk roots with a 100-minute collection of rarely and never-screened performances.