Is this really the end of Judas Priest? Apparently, it's not. According to lead screamer Rob Halford, the Epitaph Farewell Tour is merely the band's last non-stop worldwide trek before he and his metal minions enter semi-retirement. Still, though, as we here at Crossfade have shouted lo' so man ... More >>
Behold Black Friday! No doubt, the day after Thanksgiving belongs to the Devil. The sun becomes a black hole. Unrepentant gluttons suffer atop overflowing toilets. And endless legions of zombified shoppers stalk the malls and big-box stores in search of awesome deals that might set them free from S ... More >>
The men of Rise Against.Even though they're separated by a couple of musical generations, Rise Against and Bad Religion have had similar careers. Specifically, they've both enjoyed as much mainstream success as true punk bands could ever hope to score while still keeping it real. Here's a local ... More >>
Photo by Natalie CurtisComposer Yann Tiersen.Most of your American friends don't know composer Yann Tiersen by name. But play a couple of ten-second clips from songs like the melancholy accordion-and-piano piece "La Dispute" or the waltz-y whirlwind lament "J'y Suis Jamais Allé" and your test ... More >>
Hardcore historian Steven Blush.It's hard to believe that three decades have slipped past since the birth of hardcore punk. And it's even harder to believe that legends like Black Flag and Minor Threat haven't let loose a loud fast riff in 25 years. But that's the truth ... Hardcore is history. ... More >>
Ahh... Epitaph Records, the house that Bad Religion built, the house that the Offspring financed, before the weirdness began. Label head Brett Gurewitz took his monies and "diversified," creating pettiness and confusion across the vast studded fields of punkdom. Whatever. Taking on acts from ... More >>
via myspace.com/thomasfunctionThe Alabama foursome Thomas Function makes its label home on Fat Possum, that Epitaph offshoot that began as a blues imprint. That family tree indeed tells you a bit about the band's sound -- propelled largely by a punky euphoria, but informed by a bit of a Muscle Sh ... More >>
The Ska Is Dead TourWith Deal's Gone Bad, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Mustard Plug, and the ToastersCulture Room, Fort LauderdaleThursday, November 19, 2009Better Than: Remembering the misled late-'90s mainstream notion of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones supposedly epitomizing ska.The Review:In 2009, ska sur ... More >>
Okay, so this one's been out for a few weeks, but it bears sharing. Broward County's best pop-punk exports are still releasing new stuff to support their most recent album, Not Without a Fight, which dropped this past spring on Epitaph. When Crossfade caught up with local guys Jacobs Ladder in the s ... More >>
photo by Ian WitlenClick here to view a full slideshow of photos from the show.Adult Swim Presents the Dethklok Tour 2009With High on Fire, Converge, Mastodon, and DethklokPompano Beach AmphitheaterSunday, November 8, 2009Better Than: Getting home in time for Robot Chicken.The Review: The curre ... More >>
In the post-hardcore pantheon, the New Jersey guys of Thursday are millennial gods. Led by the unapologetically erudite frontman Geoff Rickly, in the late '90s and early '00s, their early loud-soft aesthetic helped define what would later come to be known -- often pejoratively -- as "screamo." T ... More >>
Last week I dropped in on Jacobs Ladder at the Dungeon recording studio in North Miami Beach, where they were working on a new EP. (Pictures and video are coming later this week.) The producer on the project is Cyrus Bolooki, drummer of Coral Springs' biggest pop-punk exports, New Found Glory. Alt ... More >>
To read past installments of South Florida According to Brooklyn, click here. I attended the local stop of the Warped Tour, on Saturday, July 25 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, and was disappointed that no one really watched Bad Religion. I don't get it! These guys are pioneers of ... More >>
How time flies. I first caught Bad Religion as a very young teenager at the 1998 edition of the Warped Tour, and they were a classic act then. The genres represented on this tour have widened a whooooole lot since then, and the face of punk and its offshoots has changed considerably as well. But Bad ... More >>
Past all the novelty hits, the SoCal quartet returns with its original fierce punk bite.
After 12 years, South Florida's best pop-punk export is still going strong.
You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter (Epitaph)
The seemingly-out-of-nowhere appearance of the young Kendall duo I Set My Friends on Fire has been recounted in New Times’ pages several times in recent months. But just to recap: teenagers Matt Mihana and Nabil Moo, formerly of a more by-the-numbers post-hardcore band, wanted to form a new proj ... More >>
A full-length album, a national tour, and hordes of moshing fans.
Front Line Assembly retains a fascination with all things cyber
How do you build a successful label like Rhymesayers? One good album at a time
Northern rapper Sage Francis works out his maverick tendencies
You like this CD? So, uh, do you actually like it or do you just sorta -- oh, never mind.
A year-end rant or rave for the rap music industry
If I Could Only Fly (Anti/Epitaph)
They're tough. They're rowdy. And they're on the way up. They're L7.