Anti-Flag

For Anti-Flag, radical politics and music are never mutually exclusive. These left-wing Pittsburgh pacifists (singer/guitarist Justin Sane, guitarist Chris Head, drummer Pat Thetic and a series of bassists) fine-tuned their bullshit detectors during the Clinton administration. Dubya’s war-fetish presidency provided even more ammunition for their anger. The best of the Clinton-era albums, Die for the…

Los Straitjackets

No matter how many groups have gone out to play in the past and never returned, surf is always up for a few twang-crazed instrumental quartets dead set on revisiting the mythical beach to recreate the crisp, bracing sounds of early-’60s string-slingers like Dick Dale, Duane Eddy and the Ventures. Hidden behind garish wrestling masks…

Knack

One of the new wave’s confounding commercial footnotes, the Knack overtook the American music mart in the late-’70s by putting sleazy lyrics to simple power pop (breaking one of that genre’s traditions by co-opting cock-rock’s macho leer), fooling people into believing the California quartet was either the new Beatles or the acceptable end of punk.…

Contributors

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