Hesher: A Very Bitchy Movie Review

Posted by on Jul Fri, 2012 in Movie Review

I hate to be blunt, but this movie is a total drag. When I first read blurbs hailing the film as gruesome, dramatic, and hilarious, I was expecting something between Rockstar and Dead Alive. What I got instead was something between a chick-flick and a home movie. The plot is tedious, unless you want to spend an hour and a half of watching a 13 year old suffering constantly. Seriously, the protagonist, T.J, is tormented … read...

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Wake Up Dead

Posted by on Jun Thu, 2012 in Concert Review

You know that Megadeth song about a really brutal hangover? I’ll never understand it, because I rarely get hangovers. I guess the Booze Gods are rewarding me for my piety? Anyway, I missed that punk show in Albuqurque because I spent all day getting my ID, but the booze gods gave me further libations in the form of a Metal bar show in Santa Fe, so glory be to the saviors. These Charming Cobras are … read...

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Concert Review: Monster Bash

Posted by on Jan Sat, 2012 in Concert Review, Punk

Once more, I must apologize for my hiatus from writing, though in my defense, this particular digression was fueled by neither drugs nor laziness. Instead, I got my ass kicked in a mosh pit, and have been in recovery ever since. I’m mostly intact, sans a few teeth and higher brain functions, but otherwise alive and well. Let’s take a flashback to that infamous night, the legendary Monster Bash of Warehouse 21. The Advocates were … read...

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Denim and Leather: Headbanger Style

Posted by on Nov Wed, 2011 in Glam Rock/Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy/Traditional Metal, Lifestyle, Progressive Rock, Punk, Shock Rock

Denim and Leather: Headbanger Style

Article titled after a song by Quiet Riot (Pictured) Metal was the unloved bastard-child of the hippie generation. We inherited the drugs and long-haired rebellion. Hell, we even kept the unhealthy obsession with music. It’s the music itself we changed. Bands like Led Zeppelin bridged the abyss, hence the elements of Bohemia in the Metalhead wardrobe. The most obvious connection is the long hair, which was shocking, offensive, even freakish to society until the late … read...

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Machine-Eye Photography: An Image Caught in Time

Posted by on Nov Mon, 2011 in Punk

Unlike most photographers, Miguel Chavez captures movement, not moments. The  atmosphere of live music is reflected in his candid shots of mid-concert mayhem. He captures the definitive examples of mosh pits, of mass hysteria, the unison in entropy that epitomizes the art of concerts. Prolonged poses are rare in his art.  Even the standstills are obviously candid, a fleeting pause between motions. His photography has been featured at galleries such as Warehouse 21, … read...

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