new wave Archive

30 Days Out, June 2023 #1: Knifeplay, Bnny, The Discs, Yob

We’re all over the place with this edition of 30DO. There’s excellent local-based new (old) wave, as well as touring blues, hard rock and harder rock. Grab some ear protection […]

30 Days Out, May 2023 #2: Jonny Couch, Acid Mothers Temple, Sierra Ferrell, Randall Bramblett

Four nationally-touring acts are among the live music highlights in Asheville in the coming 30 days. Go see ‘em, and support local artists as well. Artist: Jonny Couch Venue: Fleetwood’s […]

Book Review: It’s the Truth

As someone who enjoys a deep dive into the making of creative works, I’m predisposed toward a new book like Simon Wright’s It’s the Truth: Making The Only Ones. Books […]

Devo’s Gerald Casale is Still Not Through Being Cool

Gerald V. Casale is a founding member of conceptual rock band Devo. In addition to writing and/or co-writing a great deal of that band’s music with fellow founding member Mark […]

Album Review: The Mutants – Curse of the Easily Amused

The Mutants were exemplars of what can accurately be characterized as San Francisco’s “art punk” aesthetic. Formed in 1977, the band of musical misfits and art students combined the DIY […]

Album Review: SVT — Always Comes Back

As I’ve mentioned before, SVT is the band most often named among those interviewed for my latest book as the Bay Area band most deserving of greater success than they […]

Album Review: Times Beach — Step in Time

The creatively fertile arts community in the Bay Area – centered for a time around the San Francisco Arts Institute – informed the music scene. As I wrote about in […]

DVD Review: SVT – The Price of Sex

SVT is one of the coolest bands you’ve likely never heard of. Led by singer, songwriter and guitarist Brian Marnell, this San Francisco-based band had talent to burn, combining musical […]

Nina Hagen: Ten Albums that Changed My Life

Nina Hagen has always cut an unusual figure in pop music. From Berlin in what was then East Germany, she escaped to the West and launched a career as a […]

Album Review: The Jars — Make Love Not War

My new book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave explores the story of the Bay Area independent record label and the nearly 30 artists – […]