Ian MacKaye

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Dynamite with a laser beam

Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy? Whatever you do, don't ask Sean Slaughter.
Wax Tablet

Photos: All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Ashbury Park, NJ

Bands perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at Ashbury Park, New Jersey on September 30-October 2, 2011.
Ashbury Park, New Jersey | September 30-October 2, 2011
By K. BONAMI  |  October 07, 2011

Jazz hands

There was a time when it was easy to hate Geoff Farina. Well, maybe hate is too strong a word.
Geoff Farina’s new Glorytellers
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 19, 2008

Who brought the cool kid?

“For me, punk is the new idea, always the new idea, forever the new idea. That’s why punk can never die. Because as long as there are people, there will be new ideas.”

Ian MacKaye visits Tufts

By WILL SPITZ  |  April 15, 2008

Major threats

Ian MacKaye has set quite a model for how a punk rocker ought to grow up.
Indie-rock weekend: a play in three acts
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 20, 2007

Two of a kind

Beat Awfuls founder Dave Vicini, who also co-leads Viva Viva, has a penchant for contradiction. Beat Awfuls, "DIY Die" (mp3)
The Beat Awfuls and Viva Viva do it their way
By WILL SPITZ  |  February 13, 2007


Righteous Jams

There’s a reason the recent documentary American Hardcore cuts off around 1986.
Business As Usual | Abacus
By ANDREW MARCUS  |  January 16, 2007

Take two

In 2003, Ben Potrykus, then a freshman at Emerson College and the singer of the post-hardcore band the Receiving End of Sirens, made a decision that most aspiring musicians would call crazy: he turned down a major-label record deal to stay in school. V
Ben Potrykus gets a second shot with Christians & Lions
By WILL SPITZ  |  November 27, 2006


Evan Dando lives in a high-rise apartment building in Lower Manhattan whose rooftop patio affords an intimate view of the sprawling construction site where the World Trade Center once stood. The Lemonheads, "No Backbone" (mp3)
Evan Dando speaks from the roof
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 23, 2006

Punked out

Fast and semi-coherent, like the music it documents, Paul Rachman’s American Hardcore , from the book by Steven Blush, uses an efficient equation: band members talking + flyer graphics + grainy clips from live shows. Watch the trailer for American Ha
The lost generation of American Hardcore
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  October 13, 2006

Hollywood holidaze

Punk rock had jetpacked the Minutemen into a synæsthetic sound world where ideas had the same value as chords, where Reagan’s policy in Central America could be related directly to the setting of your amp.
The Minutemen and the LA they endured
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 24, 2006