Posts Tagged ‘punk’

Music for Breaking Things: 13 Holiday/Christmas Punk Rock Classics

Music for Breaking Things: 13 Holiday/Christmas Punk Rock Classics

In the United Kingdom and the other countries of the British Commonwealth, December 26th is known as “Boxing Day.” Ostensibly, that unusual name comes from the tradition of employers and bosses giving Christmas Boxes (containing small gifts and money) to servants, tradespeople and laborers—a kind of post-Christmas Christmas bonus. Personally, I like to think there’s […]

Still Angry After 35 Years: Veteran Punk Rockers, The Adolescents, to Release New Album, “La Vendetta”

Still Angry After 35 Years: Veteran Punk Rockers, The Adolescents, to Release New Album, “La Vendetta”

Let’s get it out of the way up front, yes, there is inherent irony in writing about a band named The Adolescents celebrating their 35th anniversary. But both their longevity and an upcoming album, La Vendetta, should be cause for celebration among fans of punk and hardcore. While, perhaps, not the first punk band to […]

The Hares Catch Fire With Their Debut Album, “Smoking in Bed”

The Hares Catch Fire With Their Debut Album, “Smoking in Bed”

Distinctive sounds and great music do not always go together. But the Sautex label has a nose for finding acts combining both, whether on the stage or in the recording studio. They do not disappoint with one of their newest finds, San Antonio roots rockers, The Hares. Their debut album, Smoking in Bed, offers twelve […]

Punk Strikes Again: Headliners Announced for 2015 Punk Rock & Bowling Music Festival in Las Vegas

Punk Strikes Again: Headliners Announced for 2015 Punk Rock & Bowling Music Festival in Las Vegas

You might not have thought that combining punk music and bowling would be a successful formula for an annual international music festival. The organizers of the Punk Rock & Bowling Music Festival would say—that shows what you know. Now in its 17th year, organizers have recently announced the headliners for the 2015 festival: Rancid, the […]

Cory Branan – The No-Hit Wonder

Cory Branan – The No-Hit Wonder

Cory Branan is a hard guy to peg, but he seems aware of that fact. His sound mixes enough influences that he called his last album, “Mutt.” While “Mutt” did showcase some strong songwriting, it simply didn’t cohere perfectly as an album. “The No-Hit Wonder” is a different beast. While there are still plenty of the […]

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report

At Long Last: SxSW 2012 FIRST, an apology to my readers: real life sometimes gets in the way of my music journalism. These reviews come more than two months after the fact, but I hope that being untimely in no way distracts from the enjoyment that reading brings or the great music and performers it […]

Deer Tick: “Divine Providence” (Partisan Records)

Deer Tick: “Divine Providence” (Partisan Records)

By Crystal Murphy For better or for worse, Deer Tick’s Divine Providence (Partisan Records) documents the life of having been at it for some time. The Deer Tick men let you know what this album about right from the start: “We’re full grown men; we act like kids.” And the shouting background choral affirms: the […]

Kingsley Flood – New Single: “I Don’t Wanna Go Home”

Kingsley Flood – New Single: “I Don’t Wanna Go Home”

Boston’s Kingsley Flood continues to amaze. Their funky blend of blues, garage rock, punk, jug band, and folk just seems to keep evolving. I first heard about them last year, and Krystal Mulbach reviewed their excellent debut, Dust Windows. I was so impressed, the album made Awaiting the Flood’s Top 20-Something of 2010. (And they […]

The Black Report: Jon Black at SxSW – Punk, Texas Klezmer, and BBBFs

The Black Report: Jon Black at SxSW – Punk, Texas Klezmer, and BBBFs

When I first set foot on the street for any given night of South by Southwest, I never know what exactly the evening has in store for me. Sure, I have a list of bands I want to see, but that’s not the same thing as knowing what to expect. Friday night of SxSW 2011, […]

Those Darlins Sneak Peek: “Be Your Bro”

Those Darlins Sneak Peek: “Be Your Bro”

Evolution is a good thing, especially for Those Darlins: new website, new album out in March, new singles out next week, new attitude. We’ve known for a while their next record would focus on a more garage-punk sound, and the first single (“Be Your Bro”) off the new album, Screws Get Loose, proves it. Comparisons […]

South by Southwest 2010: Country Music Rising

South by Southwest 2010: Country Music Rising

Prologue For one week each year, Austin, Texas becomes the coolest place on earth. Sure, the locals (myself included) well tell you that regardless of the time of year you visit. But, for five days each March, it is gospel truth. Austin’s annual South by Southwest Music Festival (“SxSW” or just “South by” to cognoscenti), […]