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

Ebola ’95: A Punk Rock Outbreak from Maine

"Change your shirt or turn it inside out," said my gym teacher sternly, suppressing a 10th grade punk's freedom of expression. During the mid-Nineties' Ebola outbreak, whatever was offensive about "Ebola '95 - You're Next" boldly written with marker on a shirt? Back in high school, my friends and I liked to see bands at … Continue reading Ebola ’95: A Punk Rock Outbreak from Maine

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

Halloween Sensory Slashers: Are You Ready for Freddy?

Following a critical knife strike to September, I'm now officially excited to join many millions of others in welcoming October and Halloween. To modestly assist in spreading the fear, I'll be sharing media that pays tribute to timeless horror characters, and a few obscure monsters. For the first chapter, I present some lesser known compositions … Continue reading Halloween Sensory Slashers: Are You Ready for Freddy?

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