Terry Hall, Lead Singer of The Specials, Dead at 63

Terry Hall, the legendary lead singer of the ska revival and two tone English band, The Specials, has passed away due to a brief illness at the age of 63. The Specials originated in Coventry, England in 1977. The band found success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with “Ghost Town” (1981) being one of their most notable hits. The Specials were well known for their outspoken politics, especially concerning racial injustice. Terry Hall later left The Specials to form Fun Boy Three, and later a solo career in 1994. Hall regrouped with The Specials in 2019, and they … Continue reading Terry Hall, Lead Singer of The Specials, Dead at 63

The Sound, Spirit, & Edutainment of Sihasin

“These are rez dogs,” Clayson Benally is surrounded by puppies, who are bouncing excitedly at his feet. The Arizonian landscape behind him shows an azure horizon that stretches for miles. Before long, his sister and lifelong bandmate, Jeneda Benally, arrives on schedule. Jeneda & Clayson Benally have quite the resume. Together with their brother Klee, they formed the punk rock trio, Blackfire, protested (and sued) the federal government, and balanced their Ramones albums with the traditional Diné songs told to them by their father. In fact, their star power runs in the family. Their mother/momager Berta Benally was a folk … Continue reading The Sound, Spirit, & Edutainment of Sihasin

Siouxsie Sioux Set to Perform for the First Time in a Decade at Latitude Festival

Post-punk icon Siouxsie Sioux, is set to perform for the first time in a decade next summer at the U.K. Latitude Festival. The singer last graced the stage in 2013 when Sioux performed at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival at the London Royal Festival Hall. Latitude announced that Sioux will headline the BBC Sound Stage, joining previously announced headliners Pulp, Paolo Nutini, and George Ezra. Siouxsie Sioux, of Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Creatures, is hailed as the Queen of Goth. Her signature dance style was the number one inspiration behind Jenna Ortega’s legendary goth dance in Wednesday (2022). Sioux … Continue reading Siouxsie Sioux Set to Perform for the First Time in a Decade at Latitude Festival

‘Pistol’: Reviewing the Punk Rock Drama on FX

by Amaris Pollinger When I first heard about Pistol (2022), I rolled my eyes. “Here we go again,” I thought, “another failed attempt at telling the Sex Pistols story.” You can’t really blame me here. After all, Sid and Nancy (1986) was an absolute train wreck of a film. Besides a few documentaries, the Sex Pistols story has been a complete disaster in the hands of filmmakers. Thankfully, I’m the kind of person that’s willing to accept when I’m wrong. And FX has certainly made me eat crow. Based on the autobiography Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, by founding … Continue reading ‘Pistol’: Reviewing the Punk Rock Drama on FX

Radkey: A Whole New Class of Modern Rock

by Amaris Pollinger No one has executed modern rock as flawlessly as Dee, Isaiah, and Solomon Radke of Kansas City rock band, Radkey. They emerged from a literal green room and propelled themselves onto the big stage, performing with Fishbone, Foo Fighters, and Local H. Currently, they’re on the “Let the Bad Times Roll” tour with 90’s punk legends, The Offspring.  Just days before hitting the pavement with The Offspring, the Radkey team arranged an interview, for which I am eternally grateful. Isaiah Radke, the bass master, and usual Radkey spokesman joined me on 4/20 (make all the jokes you … Continue reading Radkey: A Whole New Class of Modern Rock

Radkey Hits the Pavement with The Offspring

Missouri rock band Radkey, consisting of brothers Dee, Isaiah, and Soloman Radke, have officially set off on the “Let the Bad Times Roll” tour with The Offspring. The tour opened on April 26th in San Diego at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre. Radkey will be rocking with The Offspring until May 18th, wrapping up in Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE. The brothers will then head to Daytona Beach for Welcome To Rockville, performing with the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, and Jane’s Addiction. Blame My Youth will fill Radkey’s spot on The Offspring’s “Let The … Continue reading Radkey Hits the Pavement with The Offspring