R.O.A.R. Tour & Endfest of ‘97

-This was where I helped Iggy Pop crowd surf through the pit and watched Jimbo Wallace ride his bass during Rev. Horton Heat’s set.-

“Old Enough To Know Better, Young Enough To Pretend”

I’m sitting down in my lazyboy recliner with a three year old toddler just starting her afternoon nap on the couch. I’ve cleaned the house, done the dishes, vacuumed the upstairs, cleaned up the obnoxious amount of toys my daughter has, and finished a load of laundry. Also, hands and knees washed the floors from …

Salad Days Or Bust

"2015 really has been a bumper year for music documentaries. We’re only half way through, but already a couple of names jump out and strike you as some of the best films of the year, let alone the best music docs. But while films like Amy and Montage Of Heck have received relatively generous marketing campaigns to get the …

In My Eyes

"Ian MacKaye knows that I cannot look him in the eye. He shows me around a cluttered corner of Dischord House – the storied home of his record label since 1981 – and lets me peek inside the kitchen. The wall behind him rises like a cluttered tomb, enveloping him in a monument to vinyl. …

Oi To Bjork

"Considering that most Björk fans seem to know that she began her recording career at the ripe old age of 11, and that she was once a member of The Sugarcubes, it’s curious why more attention hasn’t been paid to KUKL, the group she was in prior to joining Sugarcubes, especially since much of the membership of …

One Of The Best

"Minor Threat’s 1983 LP Out of Step is arguably one of the ten most important American hardcore albums, both in terms of its musical power and overall lasting influence. For ‘80s punk kids it was one of those “gateway” records, much like Black Flag’s Damagedor Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables—ubiquitous, readily available at any mall in any …

Wild In The Streets

"...some of the people who wanted to punch me also suggested I write more positively about albums rather than put anybody down. A few even said I should write about "underrated" albums, and I thought it was a great idea. I'm sure you still might want to punch me, and that is OK. To be …

Riot Grrrls Please Stand Up

"Fascinating amateur documentary about some spirited and independent-thinking 13-year-old riot grrls who publish their own ‘zine. They’re the outcasts of the school and they just don’t give a shit.  When you meet their classmates, it’s easy to understand why… Everyone in the schoolyard held strong opinions about these so-called “dirty girls,” and meanwhile the “dirty girls” …

A Year In Minor Threat

"This country is full of people who feel they have been lost in the cracks with regard to their place in the history of American Hardcore. Normally, these are the types who will drunkenly bore your ear off about how their band opened for Black Flag in 1983 just so you’ll buy them a beer. …

Mohawks and Leopard Skirts

HOT SUMMERS — "It was a tour devoid of status, probably because there were no real headliners to speak of, at least to start. Sublime and No Doubt were great scores in hindsight, but they had yet to make their indelible mark on pop music. The rest of the inaugural 1995 lineup was rounded out …