One of the largest looming and most influential icons in the history of rock and roll, Lou Reed died on Sunday at the age of 71. No word has been received regarding the cause of Reed's death, though the "Walk On The Wild Side" songwriter did recently undergo a liver transplant last May that nearly c ... More >>
Someday a monograph about punk will give Naked Raygun its proper place of prominence in that history. Naked Raygun was one of the most important punk bands to emerge in Chicago in the Reagan era. Inspired in part by the diversity of sounds in that initial wave of English punk, Naked Raygun forged a ... More >>
Born Stuart Goddard in London, Adam Ant was the bass player for a band called Bazooka Joe, an outfit that opened for the Sex Pistols for its first live gig. In 1977, he formed Adam and the Ants, and while early on the group was coming out of punk, after Malcolm McLaren recruited the players to form ... More >>
Celebrity fandom is almost always based on inaccessibility. Whether it's a rock star, an actor or a politician, desire is created when you reach out for the object of passion and come up a few inches short. So what happens when you have a fanbase that is made up of people who long to find themselves ... More >>
ASKING ALEXANDRIA @ OGDEN THEATRE | 11/27/12 Last night at the Ogden Theatre, the fist-pumping, black-shirted, skinny jeans-wearing contingent was out in full force. As the England-via-Dubai outfit Asking Alexandria performed for a capacity crowd, mosh pits formed and quickly disappeared. Kids were ... More >>
George Lewis Jr. grew up in Florida but moved to Boston where he formed his punk-funk cabaret outfit Mad Man Films. That band split after releasing two albums, and Lewis moved to Brooklyn, where, inspired by the music of his childhood, he started writing songs on his own under the name Twin Shadow. ... More >>
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By the summer of 1966, the Beatles sucked. Or at least that's the way they felt for the band. "Performance, for us, it's gone downhill," Paul McCartney said of his band at the time. "Because we can't develop if no one can hear us; so for us to perform...it gets difficult each time." The pressures of ... More >>
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Rachel Thoele of Flipper (due tonight at the Lion's Lair) got her start in the Bay Area punk scene in her first band God (or G.O.D. aka Girls On Drugs or Girls Over Dosed). But the first band she was in that many people got to see was Frightwig, the legendary art punk band from the '80s that was oft ... More >>
ERASURE at OGDEN THEATRE | 09/27/11Like two ethereal beings dropped from the glittery synthpop heavens, Vince Clarke and Andy Bell's slim and nimble figures made larger-than-life-appearances last night at the Ogden Theatre. Legions of fans stood in polite awe as Bell sashayed his way through Erasure ... More >>
That a person could be in two hugely influential bands is rare enough, but John Lydon also became something of an icon for punk rock and experimental music. The Sex Pistols were instrumental in bringing punk rock to the attention of people worldwide, whether they liked the music or not. R ... More >>
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