I am stoked, no, beyond stoked, to be taking the I Rock Cleveland DJ experience to the B-Side Lounge on Sunday, November 18th. Although Sunday nights are billed as indie rock dance parties, I was told I can just do my thing and throw down garage rock, punk rock, indie rock and whatever else rock I have on hand, but with one warning: At some point during the night someone will ask for something to dance to. To which I replied, “You can dance to Public Enemy, right?” We will be dancing to Public Enemy on November 18th. Be there.
- July 20, 2015
Political punk rock comes with a unique risk. What if all the causes you've been championing have been overtaken by more pressing issues by the time your album hits the streets? In our era, dominated by hot takes and social media firestorms, remaining topical is even more difficult. When you consider anarcho-punk forebearers, Crass were left to question their own strategy after Thatcher began and ended the Falkland's War in the early '80s while the band worked for more than a year on the double album, Christ - The Album, a modern band surely faces an even more daunting task, right? Who cares about Occupation Wall Street any more? In the past month gay marriage is the law of the land and the Confederate flag has (finally) become a poisonous symbol. A diplomatic, nuclear arms treaty with Iran has been agreed upon and a Cuban flag is flying outside of an embassy in Washington DC. The United States of 2015 is a far different place than the United States of 2012, when Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, and his long, dormant band, Desaparecidos reunited for a second round of incendiary arena-punk. Read More