Juliana Hatfield, The Green Room, Iowa City, Iowa, August 2002

Years after hearing "My Sister" on MTV, my wife and I first saw Juliana Hatfield on her solo tour around the release of Gold Stars 1992-2002: The Juliana Hatfield Collection. At Iowa's now-closed The Green Room, we brought our Polaroid camera and unified excitement for supporting the fine singer-songwriter. In particular, Hatfield's Blake Babies had been some … Continue reading Juliana Hatfield, The Green Room, Iowa City, Iowa, August 2002

The Quest for ALL: Descendents, First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 15, 2016

As CeCe Peniston once exclaimed, "Finally, it's happened to me." This time for me, it was a long-overdue gathering with fellow worshippers of the almighty ALL to witness Descendents in concert! In-between a double dose of Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, Milo Aukerman, Bill Stevenson, Karl Alvarez, and Stephen Egerton were the ones to see in Minneapolis … Continue reading The Quest for ALL: Descendents, First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 15, 2016

The Thrashing Continues: D.R.I., The Triple Rock, Minneapolis, 9/14/16 and Reggie’s, Chicago, 9/17/16

My friend Mark and I teamed up to see the start of Dirty Rotten Imbeciles' But Wait... There's More! Midwest tour with newly minted label mates, Deathwish. Over two years have skanked by since we last saw the crossover kings, and what followed were some great shows to bookend our primary reason of travel, a Descendents … Continue reading The Thrashing Continues: D.R.I., The Triple Rock, Minneapolis, 9/14/16 and Reggie’s, Chicago, 9/17/16

Thrashin’ Through the Decades with Dirty Rotten Imbeciles

During my sophomore year of high school, lunchtime usually involved conversing with friends and crushes, all the while discussing or listening to punk rock, hip hop, or ska. One particular day in 1995, my friend Mark introduced me to the band D.R.I., or Dirty Rotten Imbeciles. He had their latest release, Live, and the metal … Continue reading Thrashin’ Through the Decades with Dirty Rotten Imbeciles

Metal Church and Hatchet, Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, Iowa, April 3, 2016

"I just can't believe my ears, some music out these days The human factor has diminished in, oh so many ways Fancy footwork gets top bill and I'll put on such a show One more MIDI cable and my band is ready to go" -Metal Church, "The Human Factor" That song, featured on the '92 … Continue reading Metal Church and Hatchet, Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, Iowa, April 3, 2016

Carcass, Wooly’s, Des Moines, Iowa, March 10, 2016

Carcass previously headlined Wooly's on November 14, 2014 with openers Exhumed and Macabre, following the British band's comeback release of Surgical Steel. After that, I figured I may not see them again for awhile, if it all, but lo and behold... After my traditional veggie burger time at Zombie Burger, I returned to the venue, … Continue reading Carcass, Wooly’s, Des Moines, Iowa, March 10, 2016

Suicidal Tendencies, Wooly’s, Des Moines, Iowa, May 18, 2014

With the addition of ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, Mike Muir's band Suicidal Tendencies proudly adds to its history of hosting some of the metal genre's best to represent the Suicidal Army. Ever since my 1994 Suicidal introduction by way of "Institutionalized," Still Cyco After All These Years, and the "I'll Hate You Better" purple heart … Continue reading Suicidal Tendencies, Wooly’s, Des Moines, Iowa, May 18, 2014