WBEZ | punk rock http://www.wbez.org/tags/punk-rock Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Pilsen's punk scene then and now http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/pilsens-punk-scene-then-and-now-105885 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/martin website thumbnail 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="338" width="601"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157632916784916%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157632916784916%2F&amp;set_id=72157632916784916&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157632916784916%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157632916784916%2F&amp;set_id=72157632916784916&amp;jump_to=" height="338" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="601"></embed></object></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 22px; text-align: center;">While playing the slideshow, push &quot;X&quot; for full screen. &quot;Show info&quot; displays captions.</em></p><p>Pilsen&#39;s punk rock legacy was on display Saturday at a pair of reunion shows for the beloved and influential &lsquo;90s band Los Crudos. The band&#39;s lead singer, Martin Sorrondeguy, grew up in Pilsen in the 1980s, but initially knew few other kids in his neighborhood who shared his tastes.</p><p>&quot;When we saw another kid, no matter if you were Latino or a white kid who grew up in the neighborhood, if you were remotely alternative we would run two blocks to catch up with you,&quot; he recalls. &quot;Like, &#39;Are you into punk? We&rsquo;re into punk! Let&rsquo;s hang out!&#39;&quot;</p><p>That would change, as bands like Los Crudos cemented Pilsen&rsquo;s reputation as a haven for punk.</p><p>Los Crudos was highly influential and much beloved during its &lsquo;90s heyday. Sorrondeguy wrote and sang entirely in Spanish, and when he came out as gay at the height of the band&rsquo;s popularity, it solidified the group&rsquo;s reputation for radically inclusive politics.</p><p>The hundreds of fans from all over the city lined up at the ChiTown Futbol sports facility to see the band play probably weren&rsquo;t surprised by the unconventional venue; Los Crudos always had a preference for playing in underground and alternative spaces.</p><p>&quot;If the Metro or somebody wanted us to play some show it was like, no,&quot; Sorrondeguy said. &quot;We just wouldn&rsquo;t do it. It had to be completely independent and DIY and not some established club.&quot;</p><p>In 2010, WBEZ&rsquo;s Robin Amer and the Chicago News Cooperative&rsquo;s Meribah Knight interviewed Sorrondeguy for <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/30/us/30cncfireside.html?_r=0">a story about</a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=ONxngB7LwuE">Logan Square&rsquo;s Fireside Bowl</a>, which was a much-loved if crusty music venue favored by Los Crudos and other bands in Chicago&rsquo;s punk scene during the &lsquo;90s.</p><p>In the interview, Sorrondeguy talked about coming out, the evolution of Pilsen&rsquo;s punk scene, and trying to explain punk rock to his Uruguayan immigrant parents.</p><p>&quot;My mom would always be like, &#39;What is punk about? What is it? Is this what it is?&#39;&quot; Sorrondeguy remembers. &quot;She could never understand how we could all fall under one umbrella, how we could all be at the same shows but not believe in the same things.&quot;</p><p>You can hear a slightly edited version of the interview in the audio above.</p><p><em>(Note: The interview contains some unedited profanity.)</em></p><p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the Sorrondeguy family&#39;s country of origin.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/pilsens-punk-scene-then-and-now-105885 Green Day’s latest: Overstaying its welcome? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-09/green-day%E2%80%99s-latest-overstaying-its-welcome-102699 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1Green_Day_-_Uno%21_cover.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Debates about authenticity usually are a dead end, but the argument about whether Green Day &ldquo;is still punk&rdquo; is especially pointless. The Ramones, progenitors of the pop-punk genre that Billie Joe Armstrong and company have ridden to multi-platinum success, wanted to be as big as the Beatles. In a just world, they would have been. In any event, that never hurt their musical output.</p><p>Despite the increased prevalence of acoustic-guitar balladry in recent years; the hubris of releasing three albums in four months, one with each band member&rsquo;s face on the cover, an idea nicked from <em>Van Halen I, II </em>and <em>III </em>(with a nod to those KISS solo albums)<em>; </em>the conversion of the searing and much-needed 2004 anti-W screed <em>American Idiot </em>into a Broadway musical; the disappointment of its concept-album follow-up <em>21<sup>st</sup> Century Breakdown </em>in 2009, and Armstrong&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/national/billie-joe-armstrong-meltdown-video-green-day-singer-was-sober-for-12-months-before-las-vegas-rant">recent meltdown at a big corporate radio festival and subsequent trip to rehab</a>, there was reason for hope on Green Day&rsquo;s ninth studio album&mdash;if only it delivered the musical goods.</p><p>Unfortunately, <em>&iexcl;Uno! </em>finds the boys from Berkeley sorely missing the B.S. detector that generally has served them well during their 12-year journey from basement parties and VFW halls to arenas. Packing as much melody and energy as possible into as tight a package as possible long has been their strength. But on the first installment of the 40 or so songs the trio recently recorded with long-time producer Rob Cavallo, the band no longer seems able to distinguish its gems from the fossilized nuggets of dinosaur dookie.</p><p>Green Day still can sound like Green Day at times, as on the opening blast of &ldquo;Nuclear Family,&rdquo; the Ramones-like &ldquo;Let Yourself Go&rdquo; or the gleefully melodic &ldquo;Angel Blue.&rdquo; But &ldquo;Kill the DJ&rdquo; is a miserable failure that panders to the dance world even as it tries to mock it. With the tiniest tweaks, one can imagine &ldquo;Sweet 16&rdquo; or &ldquo;Stay the Night&rdquo; as Justin Bieber factory-pop songs. The first single &ldquo;Oh Love&rdquo; falls flat under the weight of trying to craft a sing-along arena anthem. And while Armstrong&rsquo;s stated intention to return to stand-alone songs after two weighty concept albums is admirable, certainly he could have said more lyrically than the string of cuss words he attempts to pass off as cultural criticism or the hoary advice to &ldquo;Carpe Diem,&rdquo; which no doubt came to him not from Horace or Byron, but via <em>Dead Poets Society.</em></p><p>If<em> &iexcl;Dos! </em>(due in November) and <em>&iexcl;Tré!</em> (coming in January) follow the model of <em>&iexcl;Uno!, </em>we&rsquo;ll get another batch of slick, polished, radio-friendly rockers of which only a third are worth celebrating. Combining those good moments into one handy play list will give us a good not great Green Day disc&mdash;a more mature <em>Nimrod</em>, say, but nothing as vital as <em>Dookie </em>or <em>American Idiot. </em>And the temptation will loom large save ourselves the trouble, play those older discs again and write these <strike>boys</strike> middle-aged men off to the sad ranks of bloated &rsquo;90s rockers who&rsquo;ve long overstayed their welcome.</p><p><strong>Green Day, <em>&iexcl;Uno! </em>(Reprise)</strong></p><p><strong>Rating on the 4-star scale: 1.5 stars</strong></p></p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-09/green-day%E2%80%99s-latest-overstaying-its-welcome-102699 Dueling Critics: 'Punk Rock' at the Griffin Theatre http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-03/dueling-critics-punk-rock-griffin-theatre-96086 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-03/home_punkrock.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>WBEZ <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dueling-critics" target="_blank"><em>Dueling Critics</em></a> Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman tell <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> about the building boom underway in Chicago's theater district. While expansion is a boon to the theatre scene, moves can often result in a temporary decline in quality.</p><p>They also debated the merits of <a href="http://griffintheatre.com/punk-rock/" target="_blank">"Punk Rock,"</a> which runs through March 4 at the Griffin Theatre.</p></p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 14:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-03/dueling-critics-punk-rock-griffin-theatre-96086 Vortis: Taking the system down…3 chords at a time http://www.wbez.org/content/vortis-taking-system-down%E2%80%A63-chords-time <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-28/vortis (Tonee Vortis Louie Vortis).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Jim DeRogatis isn't just WBEZ's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis" target="_blank">music critic</a> and co-host of<em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org" target="_blank"> Sound Opinions</a></em>; he's also the drummer for punk rockers Vortis. For those who like their music loud, fast and in their face then, Vortis could be the ticket. The punk rockers have performed what they call "agi-tainment" since the early 2000s, and on Friday, Vortis will attempt to move the masses at Chicago’s<a href="http://www.reverbnation.com/venue/1044085" target="_blank"> Live Wire Lounge</a>. DeRogatis has also been chronicling the life of the band in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/content-categories/67001">"The Vortis Diaries"</a></p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight's </em>Alison Cuddy recently spoke with the band, who performed a number of tracks in WBEZ's Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio. Special thanks to Mary Gaffney for audio and Andrew Gill for video production.</p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/29693347">"Bigger Tragedy"</a><br> <iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/29693347?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/29691846">"Walking Down Lincoln"</a><br> <iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/29691846?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/29690884">"Black Block" </a><br> <iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/29690884?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/vortis-taking-system-down%E2%80%A63-chords-time