Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk, by John Doe with Tom DeSavia and Friends (Da Capo Press, 2016)
Just when you think you know your stuff, a book like this comes around and schools you.
Jeff Kaplan (Two Man Advantage, The Judas Iscariot, Too Many Voices)
The Long Island punk rock vet discusses his life in the underground.
Crown Court, Capital Offence (Katorga Works, 2016)
The young British Oi! outfit keeps the classic bootboy tradition alive.
Aaron Melnick and Blaze Tishko (Gazzan)
Influential Cleveland hardcore/metal vets leave the past behind to unleash the beast anew...
KISS, KISS Rocks Vegas (Eagle Rock Entertainment, 2016)
The American rock 'n' roll institution takes on Sin City with electric guitars and pyro.
Dave Witte Discusses Upcoming Shape of Sound Drum Circle Event
The busy musician (Municipal Waste, Brain Tentacles, Deny the Cross) continues to push the envelope.
Mike Alvord (Holy Terror, Mindwars)
A lesson in Los Angeles thrash metal history with the guitarist of one of its most underrated bands.
Song of the Day
Young Gun Silver Fox, “See Me Slumber,” from West End Coast (Wax Poetic Records, 2016)
This one's for the Michael McDonald-era Doobie Brothers, Pages, and Pablo Cruise lovers in your life.
Marc Strömberg (Swan Sex, Håll Det Äkta, Visual Artist, Hardcore and Soda)
Talking hardcore, soda, and synthwave with the talented Swedish musician and graphic artist.
Igor Cavalera on His Favorite Drummers, Early Sepultura Work
Goretex of Non Phixion chats with the influential Brazilian percussionist.
Vegas in Finland, XI.IX.MMXVI
Some background on Vegas' one-off performance with Long Gone and Dredged next month in Helsinki.
Song of the Day
Lawgiver, “Roll the Other Way,” from 2016 Demo (Neutral Words Records, 2016)
Swedish crossover hardcore that could have come out in 1990.
Goretex, a.k.a. Gore Elohim (Non Phixion)
The influential rapper on growing up on a steady diet of underground hip-hop and thrash metal.
At Large: The Dear Life/XXL Story
The lowdown on this Brockton, MA metalcore group whose 10-year run flew too far under the radar...
Javier Villegas (Born Against, Cattle Press, Iabhorher, Our Gang)
"The first albums I ever owned on vinyl were Love Gun and Alive!, by KISS."
Carl Skildum (Threadbare, Krakatoa, Seconds Before, Antiverse, Obsequiae)
Looking back on the guitarist's impressively diverse (and continually growing) résumé...