The Nerve Agents (On Tour) No. 4

12 Jun

The Nerve Agents at the VFW Hall in Falls Church, VA

Social Distortion No. 54, Youth Brigade No. 55

2 Jun

Someone Got Their Head Kicked In North American Tour ’82 advert, Maximum RocknRoll No. 2, 1982

Circle Jerks No. 45

31 May

Circle Jerks, SNFU, Slam, Instigators, and Dehumanizers at Fender’s

New Mike Watt Interview!

28 May

Mike Watt, White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX, by David Ensminger

Read site editor David Ensminger’s new observant, keen, and lively¬† interview with the incredible, indelible, resilient, truth spielin’ Mike Watt, published this week in the Houston Press. It is available here.

Mike Watt Tackles the Minutemen, again

26 May

Though the local club (that is trying to gentrify a working class Hispanic neighborhood) barred my camera from entry, these cell phone pics do capture some of Mike Watt’s roiling energy, surge, and rumble (mixed with bouts of whispery quietude), and his fiery, fluid cross-cutting between the Minutemen’s deep vaultage/history of song last night, from “If Reagan Played Disco” and “Cut” to obscure nugget tracks off Double Nickels on the Dime and What Makes a Man Start Fires? — a high velocity jukebox of crackerjack tunes, including Roky Erickson, meant to sweep away the last embers of mundane music. “Go start your own band!” he yelped at the end, paying homage to the Big Boys, the funk-punk pioneers of Texas. Look for my interview with Watt posting tomorrow!

X (On Tour) No. 6

24 May

X at the Bluebird Theater in Denver, CO, 2009, by Mexican Chocolate Design

New John Doe (X) Interview!

19 May

JohnDoe8Make sure to read my brand new succinct but lively interview with the legend himself, JOHN DOE, the bassist/singer/writer hero of X, one of the long-lasting firebrand icons of L.A. underground music! It published this week in the Houston Press, which you can read here.