“When did punk rock become so safe?” That was the line branded into the conscience of the punk community by NOFX in 2003 when they released The War on Errorism, at long last the first NOFX album to be put out on Fat Wreck Chords, the perennial and unkillable punk label of NOFX frontman, Fat Mike. This lament of whitewashed, co-opted […]Read more "Punk in San Francisco: Alive and Well and Get Dead"
As the 2015 regular season of baseball tumbles to a close, the 2015 San Francisco Giants, held together with duct tape and zip ties, refuse to die. They are a near-impossible number of games back (5) from the Dodgers in the division, and they are mathematically-eliminated from the wild card, but…BUT. But tonight they clinched: […]Read more "Go 2015 Giants: A great year, odd or not"
I really think we’re living in a golden age of San Francisco theater. I might be biased because of my proximity to PianoFight, the newly-minted venue and art space that puts on more worthwhile weekly events than I can keep up with, but I still believe it’s true. Most recently, I was lucky enough to come […]Read more "Don’t Be Evil: another great night at PianoFight"
The punk band Against Me! is about to play in San Francisco for the first time in years, and no fan of punk should consider missing it. In case you do, though, they happen to be coming through with a new live album in their wake, and it is the recorded equivalent of the perfect concert photo. “23 Live Sex Acts” captures […]Read more "Against Me! 23 Live Sex Acts: The bravery of punk"
I just got back from BedPlay, the latest production of FaultLine Theater, and I’m once again happy I went. FaultLine is a young company, formed in 2012 and helmed artistically by Cole Ferraiuolo, and it specializes in putting out new work at a breakneck speed: a production a month, sometimes only running for a few days […]Read more "BedPlay: A look inside ordinary and impermanent love"