punk Archive

The Damned: Punk Heroes Go ‘Dark’

When punk took off in and around London, three bands were in the vanguard of what came to be known as the “punk class of ‘77.” Sex Pistols and The […]

Album Review: The Brat – Straight Outta East L.A.

Time has an odd way of changing our perception. Most anyone who heard Sex Pistols in the 1978 would have found them abrasive, chaotic and noisy. As Never Mind the […]

Book Review: Zip it Up! The Best of Trouser Press

Trouser Press looms large in my life. As a teen, I consumed as much music journalism writing – features, interviews, reviews — as possible. By that point I had long […]

Book Excerpt: The Red Rockers’ ‘Condition Red’

As a companion to my previous post – a three-part feature on The Red Rockers’ debut album – here’s an excerpt from my second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records […]

Teenage Underground: The Beginnings of The Red Rockers (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two… Between live dates in and around San Francisco, The Red Rockers pestered Howie Klein to give them a record deal. Klein and business partner Chris Knab […]

Teenage Underground: The Beginnings of The Red Rockers (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part One… The Red Rockers played locally and began to develop a following. And they traveled as far as Houston and Atlanta, playing gigs in those larger markets […]

Teenage Underground: The Beginnings of The Red Rockers (Part 1 of 3)

New Orleans (by way of San Francisco) foursome The Red Rockers scored a hit in in 1983 with “China,” a single from the band’s second LP Good as Gold. Reflecting […]

30 Days Out, April 2024 #2: Pylon Reenactment Society, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Primus, Destroy Boys

A whole lot is happening in Asheville during these next 30 days. This time around, I’m featuring four touring groups, all of which I’ve interviewed at one time or another […]

Marnie Stern: Tapping Back Into a Solo Career

The string-tapping method employed by adventurous musicians isn’t new, and it wasn’t devised by Eddie Van Halen. Some 200 years ago, composer Niccolò Paganini used the technique on his violin. […]

The Contractions: Kicking Ass, Taking Names

The following is a liner note essay I wrote for 1980, a brand-new archival release from Liberation Hall Records. It’s a live set drawn from the group’s 1980 dates at […]