Thursday, April 25 2013
Chicago's artfully embellished trio My Gold Mask deliver style, panache, and otherworldy grooves with eerie ease.
Monday, July 2 2012
A July 4th photo essay, on seeing the American Flag in a different light.
Tuesday, December 14 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.
Sunday, January 27 2013
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
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
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
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
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.
Wednesday, August 31 2011
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
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
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
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
True Sounds of Liberty singer Jack Grisham knocks down the weathered statues of punk lore.
Tuesday, October 23 2012
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
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
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
Lungfish squeezes primordial urges out of post-hardcore song craft.
Thursday, May 31 2012
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.