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Thursday, April 25 2013

All That Turns to Gold: The Post-Punk Alchemy of My Gold Mask!

Chicago's artfully embellished trio My Gold Mask deliver style, panache, and otherworldy grooves with eerie ease.


Monday, July 2 2012

The American Flag, Revisited

A July 4th photo essay, on seeing the American Flag in a different light.


Tuesday, December 14 2010

The Best Punk of 2010

Since punk is a wide-ranging umbrella genre saturated with numerous subcultures, styles, aesthetics, and attitudes, making a list is more like trying to super-glue together a ripped and torn fanzine.


Columns

Sunday, January 27 2013

Abandoning the Ear? Punk and Deaf Convergences Part II

Deaf and punk cultures seem to share a similar outsider status, and Deaf clubs and social media, like punk bars and fanzines, offer refuge and regeneration, community-building and cures for boredom.


Monday, November 12 2012

Abandoning the Ear? Punk and Deaf Convergences Part I

The vibrant subcultures of deaf and punk communities have a long, storied, and interwoven under-the-radar past that sheds light on both allies.


Tuesday, October 9 2012

Occupy Literature: New York from Melville to the Beats

Before Occupy Wall Street rattled the money merchants, Herman Melville and the Beats shook the city's foundation with gumption and glee.


Sunday, September 9 2012

Endless Nights and Savage Angels: Henry James and Walt Whitman's New York Cityscapes

New York is a symbol that claws its way into the core of stories. It's never just a set piece, never just a grid of architecture. It's a city of multitudes, madness, and muddied values.


Sunday, August 26 2012

Sound and Fury Still Cometh: Brazen Vic Bondi

Vic Bondi is a singular voice in American hardcore punk counterculture, who symbolizes how getting older gracefully doesn't mean squashing youthful fury and fervor.


Reviews

Wednesday, August 31 2011

Folk Rebel Blues: 'Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune'

As a folk-rebel, Phil Ochs feels charmed and harmed and rattled, talented and slightly twisted, in-the-grain and adrift at the same time.


Monday, August 15 2011

Roiling R&B and Rebellious Rock ’n’ Roll in 'Keep on Pushing'

Denise Sullivan paints with condensed strokes, documenting in succinct sections how the music segued with powerful protest movements to smash disfranchisement and rouse sometimes fleeting victories.


Thursday, July 28 2011

You Can't Annihilate This Band: Black Flag's Legacy and Lore in 'Spray Paint the Walls'

Donning a yellow Circle Jerks shirt and a fuzzy upper lip, I awaited the buzzsaw, off-kilter power chords and frenetic, rasping Henry Rollins. Instead, I endured an endless barrage of molten, jazz-noise-metal riffage from a band that clearly disdained the charade that punk rock had become.


Monday, June 27 2011

A Thousand Ways to Love, a Thousand Ways to be Hurt: The Legacy of Lefty Frizzell

Like others of his honky-tonk ilk, Lefty Frizzell embodies the story of wits and perseverance in a time when poverty gripped portions of the South in a steadfast grip.


Monday, May 9 2011

The Poetry of Pathology: 'An American Demon'

True Sounds of Liberty singer Jack Grisham knocks down the weathered statues of punk lore.


Blogs

Tuesday, October 23 2012

Dissident Dissonance: The Rites of Springs Demos

The scrappy demos of Rites of Spring reveal the passion, fury, and profundity of an entire genre recasted and re-imagined.


Tuesday, July 3 2012

Dissent: American As Apple Pie: Top 20 Punk Protest Songs for July 4th

As punk music history verifies, American citizenry are not all shiny, happy people. These 20 songs reflect the other side of patriotism -- free speech brandished by the brave and uncouth.


Wednesday, June 20 2012

Distort Me Deadly: The Top 10 Female Punk Bands

For three decades, punk's not-so-secret weapon -- pioneering women -- have shaped the sonic template and bristling attitude of underground music's teeming core.


Tuesday, June 5 2012

The Heavy Lure of Lungfish

Lungfish squeezes primordial urges out of post-hardcore song craft.


Thursday, May 31 2012

Feel the Wattage!: The 10 Best Mike Watt Songs

To celebrate four decades of Mike Watts' musical journeyman jaunts, and his indelible and inchoate style and storytelling, PopMatters sheds light on ten zenith tracks by the underground rock hero.


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