Last night, San Diego punk icons Social Distortion celebrated their 25th anniversary with a show at Festival Pier. The eclectic bill brought together both punk rock enthusiasts as well as honkey-tonk lovers, and opened with Colorado’s Drag The River delivering Americana with a metal twist. Continue reading →
Heavy metal titans High on Fire take on The TLA tonight. The band released their seventh full-length, Luminiferous, in June via E1 Music, and have proven themselves time and again to be one of heavy metal’s most consistently impressive bands. Pallbearer, Venomous Maximus, and Lucifer open the show. Get tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to album opener “The Black Plot” below. Continue reading →
There’s usually a downside to festivals having stacked lineup: with so many great artists, you’re never going to be able to see them all. So when I made the trek down south to attend what is becoming the best indie-rock festival in North America – the Shaky Knees Festivalin Atlanta – there were a lot of difficult choices to be made. Do I see The Kooks or Wavves? Kaiser Chiefs or Manchester Orchestra? Wilco or Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds? Dr. Dog or Diamond Rugs?
But even with all these conflicts (my picks: Wavves, Manchester Orchestra, Wilco and Philly’s Dr. Dog), I wasn’t disappointed. Continue reading →
Rewind 25 years to March 27, 1990, when legendary punk rock group Social Distortion released their self-titled album.
The album was their first with Epic Records, their best-selling worldwide, and their first to enter the Billboard 200. The album’s “Story Of My Life,” “Ball and Chain,” “Ring of Fire” and “Let It Be Me” all reached Top 25 on Billboard’s single’s charts.
The group is celebrating the 25th anniversary of this iconic album with a North American tour, kicking off in Temple, AZ, and they’ll grace Philly on August 19 at Festival Pier (which is notably their only stop on the tour alongside Lucero and Benjamin Booker). Continue reading →
Creating the iconic image for Orange County punk bands, Social Distortion exploded onto the music scene in the ’80s with hits like “Mommy’s Little Monster” and “Mass Hysteria,” forever changing the path for West Coast garage bands. The group, currently on tour supporting their 2011 Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, is playing tonight at the Electric Factory. Tickets for the 8:30 show are available here. Below, check out the video for their 1990 classic, “Story of My Life.”