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Dear Aaaron Lewis & Staind – Listen to this
Dear Aaaron Lewis & Staind – Listen to this
Another evening, another “revenge” concert show in NYC. This one featured the legendary and resurgent female punk band Bikini Kill and yep, they “killed it.” Under threat of rain (it was again Pier 17’s Rooftop downtown NYC) and variant (yes, you-know-what is surging again), the crowd stretched around the entire seaport, surprising my silly expectations. I […]
Former Staind frontman and now solo country artist (and possible Qanon nutbag) Aaron Lewis disgustingly asked his audience to “listen to what Putin has to say” at a concert down south back in March. What does this have to do with Dima, the lead singer of Tarakany! Well, first, let me give you a brief […]
I recently bought last-minute tickets to the third evening of Jawbreaker’s three-night residency at Irving Plaza, celebrating their 25th anniversary. I arrived kind of late and, to my surprise, The Linda Lindas, the teen, Asian-American, an all-female punk band from Los Angeles that took the world by storm during the darkest days of the pandemic with a […]
Ignorance… you’re on notice, we’re coming for your ass.
Last night was my 2nd concert since the pandemic, just 30 days or since the Descendants and Rise Against show. But what a difference three weeks makes. New York finally and thankfully garnered the political will to require vaccinations from all concert goers. If the energy from last night’s concert was any indication, THIS was […]
When the seriousness of Covid 19 first began to really hit home for me was the weekend of March 14th and 15th, 2020. That weekend would be epic with back-to-back shows from Against Me & Anti-Flag returning to NYC. I had tickets to see both, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Both were canceled. […]
I recently went abroad for the first time in 20 months to film. I had both my jabs back in April, so I was itching to use my get out of jail- I mean, get out of the USA, free card, and Croatia was welcoming vaccinated US travelers. I’d never been. This seemed an opportune […]
When Anti-Flag made their way through NYC in October of 2019, I had the pleasure of seeing Justin Sane & Chris 2 play an acoustic set at Looney Tunes Records in Long Island. The next day, just before their show at the Mercury Lounge in the Lower East Side, I interviewed Pat Thetic and Justin […]
I interviewed Fat Mike & El Hefe of NOFX a few years back. I was green and they were pretty tough on me at first, but after a while, I caught a glimpse of sympathy in his eyes as well, and felt he pulled a punch or two as a result when he realized I […]
As the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc over much of the world, and New York City back in March and April of 2020, I looked back at the weekend I was anxiously anticipating. March 14th-15th, 2020, was set to be epic. March 14th would feature the return of my pals from Pittsburgh, PA, Anti-Flag, who were […]
When I visited Hong Kong, it was my first visit to China, and after a brief flight into the former British colony I took a train over to Guangzhou, China to meet up with another friend from the U.S. who was doing some business there. We spent a gloriously, culturally confusing few days in Guangzhou, […]
The current iteration of the Vibrators came across the pond from merry old England to play Bowery Electric last weekend and I made it out. It was an uncharacteristically good weekend for punk rock in NYC this one particular weekend with Fear playing Gramercy Theatre the night before (Friday) and Leggs McNeil lecturing the following Sunday […]
Our pals from Cape Town South Africa, Half Price, have teamed up with “Alive at Midnight” for a cool CD coming out soon and here is the first song from the collection and it’s a doozy. I like it “So Hard it Hurts” and you will too! Enjoy!
I recently revisited Medellin, Colombia after an almost 8-year absence (yeah, I’ve been a bit busy). Having once semi-lived in Medellin, I know the city pretty well, thanks largely in part to my punk rock amigos and particularly to Andres O’Campo, lead singer of the now legendary punk band Los Suziox. I’d seen Andres a […]
It was a killer show, truly…. no pun intended, no hyperbole either. It was the reunion of the old/new Dead Boys featuring Cheetah Chrome & Johnny Blitz and it was the 1st stop on their 2018 tour. For those of you who don’t know the Dead Boys, you can read all the gory & fascinating details […]
New Years Eve Eve of 2017 (Dec. 30th, 2017) I had the opportunity to finally catch the famous Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba of The Dictators , (AKA the “hansomest man in rock-n-roll), a legendary Jewish Punk Rocker from the Bronx. He was performing with his new bandmates “The Soul Punk Kings” at the Bowery Electric in downtown […]
After missing a ton of great shows due to my travel schedule and just pure laziness (just being transparent), I finally caught up with a trio of bands playing at the Bowery Electric, just steps away from where the famed CBGBs changed the world music scene in what seems like forever ago. The Bowery Electric […]
Before Sunday night’s concert at Gramercy Theatre in NYC, I didn’t know much about Stiff Little Fingers other than the following: They are legendary (they’ve been playing since the late 70s and this was their 40th Anniversary Tour) They are from Ireland which was a tough place to be from in the 70s. Their name […]
I knew little about GBH, other than they were legends, they were street punks from the UK and they had been around for a while (oh, and I love their music), and that was good enough for me.