punk Archive

30 Days Out, February 2023 #1: Mike Dillon, G. Love, Ron Sexsmith, Dandy Warhols

Critical success doesn’t pay the bills; commercial success can.Each of the artists featured below – all of whom are visiting Asheville in the next 30 days – has earned the […]

Album Review: J. Marinelli – Putting the World to Rights

Combine equal parts stripped-down punk and acoustic guitar troubadour vibe, and add a spash of honky-tonk c&won a few tracks, and the result might be something like J. Marinelli. Born […]

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 […]

30 Days Out, Sep. 2022 #1: Black Midi, King Khan & BBQ, Steel Pulse, Sylvia Rose Novak

Touring is back in full swing. Looking at the concert calendar, save for an occasional canceled date, you’d never know that a pandemic had been raging for two-plus years. Four […]

30 Days Out, August 2022 #1: Local Punk Showcase, Fireside Collective, Man or Astro-Man?, Thundercat

Two show showcasing local talent of of very (very) different character, some super-quirky original rock, and one of today’s hottest tickets: those are among the highlights of live music in […]

30 Days Out, July 2022 #2: The Deslondes, The Aristocrats, Rebekah Todd, L.A. Witch

One act with local ties, a supergroup, an emerging artist to watch and some no-holds-barred west coast rock are among the highlights of live music in Asheville over the coming […]

SF Music History: The Sex Pistols at Winterland, January 14, 1978

Danny Boyle’s new FX miniseries Pistol has brought legendary punk rock group the Sex Pistols back into the public’s mindset. But in terms of the band’s importance and influence, they […]

Album Review: The Gun Club — The Las Vegas Story

Blixa Sounds’ campaign of reissues of The Gun Club’s catalog continues with a new, expanded version of the group’s third album, 1984’s The Las Vegas Story. Continuing with the moody, […]

Book Review: Wicked Game

San Francisco and the Bay Area have long been fertile creative ground. Even confining the discussion to music, there’s been a staggering volume of important music coming out of the […]

21st Century Lit: A Chat with A. Jay Popoff

Lit seemed to have roared – fully formed and developed – out of the Orange County punk and hardcore scene of the mid-’90s. But the band’s roots go back farther, […]