WBEZ | punk music http://www.wbez.org/tags/punk-music 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 Worldview 4.25.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-25/worldview-42512-98531 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP120423039839.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The UN-brokered ceasefire in Syria seems like a lost cause as Assad’s troops and the opposition continue their assaults. While other options to address the conflict have been suggested, few, if any, are good ones. <em>Worldview </em>assesses the situation in Syria with Mohyeddin Kassar, president of the <a href="http://www.syrianamericansociety.org/bootstrap/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Syrian American Society</a>. Also, <em>Worldview </em>talks with <a href="http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Torture/SRTorture/Pages/JuanMendez.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Juan Mendez</a>, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. Mendez was himself a victim of torture under the Argentinean military dictatorship. And, Jerome and &nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalnotes" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Global Notes</a> contributor <a href="http://catalinamariajohnson.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Catalina Maria Johnson</a> take a look at how 1970’s punk bands like The Ramones, The Sex Pistols and The Clash are influencing a new generation of musicians around the globe. They explore everything from punk-polka in Austria to Ukrainian gypsy music.</p></p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-25/worldview-42512-98531 Global Notes: Punk this, Punk that!! http://www.wbez.org/globalnotes/global-notes-punk-punk-98541 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Mucca Pazza.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On today&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalnotes" target="_blank">Global Notes</a> Jerome and Catalina Maria Johnson take a look at modern bands that have imbibed punk influences from the 1960s and 1970s.</p><p>Chicago&#39;s self-proclaimed &quot;circus marching-band&quot; <a href="http://mucca-pazza.org/" target="_blank">Mucca Pazza</a> is a 30-piece collective that got its start in 2004. Members play everything from the accordian and the violin to trumpets, sousaphones and Middle Eastern hand drums. They even come equipped with cheerleaders.</p><p>San Antonio-based <a href="http://www.myspace.com/pinataprotest" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Piñata Protest</a> mixes their Tex-Mex background with a Ramones-esque tempo. Nicknamed the &quot;Mexican Murphys&quot; -- a play off of the Irish punk band the Dropkick Murphys -- Piñata Protest fuses traditional latin sound with the rules of old-school punk for a new genre that&#39;s been rocking the south since 2005.</p><p>Austrian duo <a href="http://www.attwenger.at/" target="_blank">Attwenger</a> has been trailing their punk-polka sound across the globe since 1990. Consisting of drummer Markus Binder and accordianist Hans-Peter Falkner, a global tour in the mid-1990s launched them onto the international stage, gaining them worldwide recognition and popularity,</p><p>And, formed in 1999, <a href="http://www.gogolbordello.com/" target="_blank">Gogol Bordello</a> is an eight-piece gypsy punk band steeped in Roma and Russo-Ukrainian culture. The collective came together trying to emulate the multi-ethnic theater frontman Eugene Hutz sees showcased in everyday life. Known for their high-energy and often costumed performances, the band has been touring internationally since 2003.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Track List:</strong></p><p>1. Boss Taurus -- Mucca Pazza<br />2. Maquilapolis -- Piñata Protest<br />3. Duamasche -- Attwenger<br />4. Immigraniada -- Gogol Bordello</p></p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/globalnotes/global-notes-punk-punk-98541