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April 23, 2012 | By Lynn Berry, Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2003 | By Patrick Berkery FOR THE INQUIRER
Several thoughts sprang to mind at the sold-out Electric Factory on Thursday as Rancid tore through a torrid 75 minutes of punk rock that owed as much to the Clash and Sex Pistols as it did to Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochran. Among the musings: All these punk-in-hair-only lightweights infiltrating MTV and radio? Mallternative chumps. . . . Could the world use a man like Joe Strummer right now. . . . Rancid? It may just be the most galvanizing punk band still standing. With its ska-inflected hits ("Time Bomb")
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 1996 | By Sara Sherr, FOR THE INQUIRER
Are punk rockers allowed to get old? It's almost a contradiction in terms: Imagine the phrase "three chords and a mortgage. " On Monday night at the Electric Factory, Southern California vets Bad Religion grappled with their own limitations and those of music that lives only for the moment. It's not clear who won, but at least a lot of kids got to stay out late on a school night. One could blame the cold and rain or the sterile environment of the Northern Liberties mini-rock venue - though over a decade ago, this 16-year-old quintet could have turned such limitations into catharsis.
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May 27, 2000 | By Joey Sweeney, FOR THE INQUIRER
It could be the last great twist in the story of punk rock that some of its last true-school purveyors are a trio of pimply nerds who are nearly as clean-cut as the images of the boy bands they set out to mock. That's the epitaph Blink 182 has been writing for itself over hard-touring years that have seen them go from all-ages Sunday matinee favorites to shed-tour headliners with a string of hit singles. But no matter how their fortunes may have increased - and for however short a time may be left before the boom goes bust - success hasn't spoiled the devil-may-care dorkfest that is the Blink 182 punk-rock show.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2005 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What are the boys on the tour bus drinking? If they're the boys of Fall Out Boy, who bring the Nintendo Fusion Tour to the sold-out Electric Factory tomorrow and Monday, the drink is probably root beer. Three of the Chicago band's four members, all in their 20s, are straight-edge. Pete Wentz, FOB's bassist and lyricist explains: "A lot of my friends were into punk- rock and drinking. At some point, I realized America is frat-boy culture. There's even one in the White House.
NEWS
June 17, 2004 | By Karen Heller INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Honestly, how many times can Stormy Suicide remove her shirt and flash her electrical-taped breasts to the assembled crowd? Six? Seven? At a certain point, you stop counting. Stormy is a prodigious smoker and exhibitionist, her 19-year-old body a field guide to tattoos, nine in all. She's performing at the Trocadero tonight and tomorrow in the international Suicide Girls Live Burlesque Tour, a proto-punk, goth strip show with a female-empowerment philosophy. "Suicide Girls is all about the attitude," says Missy Suicide, 26, founder of the Web site that launched the tour.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.)
NEWS
November 1, 2004 | By Patrick Berkery FOR THE INQUIRER
Can a punk-rock band maintain its credibility after delivering an aim-to-please arena show featuring mini-rock operas, special effects, a roof-raising version of Otis Day & the Knights' "Shout," a Queen cover, and a hulking professional football player (Eagles fullback Jon Ritchie) playing bass on an Operation Ivy song? Affirmative, as Green Day proved with a powderkeg performance at the nearly full Liacouras Center Friday that balanced the politically charged ire of their new concept album, American Idiot, with the image of loony-bin exiles they've cultivated over the last decade.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 1997 | By Sara Sherr, FOR THE INQUIRER
The video screen at the Electric Factory on Saturday night was showing footage of hockey players knocking each other's teeth out, but as soon as Fugazi took the stage you couldn't have asked for something more un-macho. Soft-spoken punk-rock goalie Ian MacKaye addressed the surging capacity crowd, "Could everyone please take two steps back?" And then he added, "In the front are a row of human beings. Could the people in the middle please take care of them?" Since audience interaction is as important as the performance itself, MacKaye isn't merely preaching.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 1998 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Warped tour used to be the easily mocked entrant in the summer-concert-carnival sweepstakes. Just a lame lineup of hard-core holdouts and third-rate Third Wave ska bands playing for skate-culture-obsessed little kids 20 years too late for the punk-rock revolution. But like the Ozzfest and Lilith Fair, Warped has prospered by super-serving a sizable niche. And more so than the metal-edged and female singer-songwriter package tours, Warped has legitimately broadened its stylistic swath as it reflects the evolution of the subculture it targets.
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January 28, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
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)
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June 13, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2014 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
'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.
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March 26, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.)
NEWS
August 17, 2012 | By Monika Scislowska, Associated Press
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.
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August 16, 2012 | By Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
April 23, 2012 | By Lynn Berry, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
September 18, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
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.
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