January 28, 2015 |
Marky Ramone wasn't an original member of the Ramones. But the drummer, born Marc Bell, was on board with the fast, furious, and mightily influential punk-rock band by its fourth album - the 1978 classic Road to Ruin . That began a 11/2-decade, black-leather-jacket run with the New York masters of breakneck minimalism, whom Spin magazine once voted the second greatest band of all time. Now, Marky is telling the band's story - as well as the tale of his own pre-Ramones years in the 1970s CBGB scene - in his memoir Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone (Touchstone, $28)
June 13, 2014 |
YOU COULD compare Sweden's "We Are the Best!" to "School of Rock," except it's about a teen punk band, and there's no school of punk. No punk would build one, and no self-respecting punk would attend. On the other hand, punks might homeschool themselves, a fair description of what happens in this charming coming-of-age period piece (set in 1982), from Swedish director Lukas Moodysson (who has a bit part here as the doofus manager of a rehearsal space, or maybe it's a supply closet)
May 17, 2014 |
'I'm in a Southern California punk band! Who would have thunk that?" So says Dimitri Coats, who led the Philly psychedelic hard-rock band Burning Brides in the early 2000s. Now, Coats is the guitarist in the punk rock supergroup Off! alongside singer Keith Morris, who was in an early incarnation of Black Flag in the late 1970s before forming the Circle Jerks; bassist Steven McDonald of Redd Kross; and drummer Mario Rubalcaba of Rocket From the Crypt. Coats ended up with Morris by accident.
March 26, 2014 |
Rock clubs come. Rock clubs go. And memories of most of them are fleeting, gone in a haze of sex, drugs, and decibels. What, then, would anyone recall of a ratty Trenton punk venue called City Gardens that existed from the 1980s to the mid-'90s? Just about everything, if you ask Amy Yates Wuelfing and Steven DiLodovico, authors of a newly self-published oral history, No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes . Or filmmaker Steve Tozzi, who has documented the eccentrically edgy haunt in Riot on the Dance Floor . Or the countless musicians and hangers-on who contributed recollections.
February 8, 2013
THE CONCEPT of a Broadway musical scored with rock music is hardly a radical one. After all, "Hair" debuted when Lyndon Johnson was in the White House. But a punk-rock musical? Now that's a horse of a different decibel level. On the surface, punk seems like the genre least-suited to musical theater, having been forged in the mid-to-late-1970s as a response to safe, mass-market mainstream pop, whose own roots can be traced, in large part, to the Great White Way. Sonically, the two genres are worlds apart.
November 17, 2012
Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy . A documentary about an Appalachian farm where hard-core skating, punk rock, and hillbilly culture collide. (At Cinema 16:9 in Lansdowne. Q&A with the filmmakers and Skatopians after screenings Friday and Saturday nights.)
August 17, 2012 |
WARSAW, Poland - The controversial head of Russia's Orthodox Church arrived Thursday in Poland for a visit that has been hailed as a promising step in the thorny relationship between the two countries. But the historic visit could be overshadowed by the verdict in the case of punk rock provocateurs who stormed Moscow's main cathedral in an anti-Putin protest. Patriarch Kirill, who has made no secret of his strong support for Russian President Vladimir Putin, received a state welcome from Poland's Guard of Honor on arriving in Warsaw at the invitation of the country's Roman Catholic leaders.
August 16, 2012 |
MOSCOW - The global campaign to free members of the punk band Pussy Riot is gaining speed: Supporters of the rock provocateurs are mobilizing this week in at least two dozen cities worldwide to hold simultaneous demonstrations an hour before a Russian court rules on whether its members will be sent to prison. Friday's rallies will ride a wave of support for the three women who have been in jail for more than five months because of an anti-Putin prank in Moscow's main cathedral. Calls for them to be freed have come from a long list of celebrities, including Madonna and Bjork.
April 23, 2012 |
MOSCOW - Tens of thousands prayed outside Moscow's main cathedral on Sunday to show their support for the Russian Orthodox Church in a controversy over a punk rock protest that has added to political tensions in Russia. Christ the Savior Cathedral was the scene of a brief surprise performance in February by a female punk rock group protesting Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency. Three members of the band Pussy Riot remain in police custody and face up to seven years in prison on charges of hooliganism.
September 18, 2011 |
John Doe has a couple of good things going. The cofounder of the seminal Southern California punk-rock band X has just released his ninth solo album, Keeper (Yep Roc *** ½), a rugged, rocking collection of deeply personal songs that lives up to its title. And the bass player, songwriter, and sometime actor - he has a role in the coming post-Katrina zombie movie Zombex - is also touring with X, performing the band's classic 1980 album Los Angeles in its entirety.