Cantankerous and controversial, Morrissey is still touring, and is currently on a United States run. Notorious for demanding that venues where he plays go completely meatless, his live performances have been met with mixed reviews. He has been known to walk off the stage if heckled, and perform only his solo material, while his fans were hoping for his beloved Smiths songs.
However, recently diagnosed with cancer, Morrissey is truly a one-of-a-kind talent, with the voice of an angel. This may be one of the last times that fans can see Morrissey live, so without further ado here are the remaining dates:
July 8: Detroit, MI (Masonic Temple)
July 9: Chicago, IL (Civic Opera House)
July 11: Normal, IL (Bloomington Center For The Arts)
July 13: St. Paul, MN (Fitzgerald Theater)
July 16: Morrison, CO (Red Rocks)
July 18: Salt Lake City, UT (The Depot)
July 21: Seattle, WA (Benaroya Hall)
July 23: Troutdate, OR (Edgefield)
July 25: San Jose, CA (San Jose Event Center)
Girl Fry is an energetic melodic punk band from Los Angeles. Punk Rock Planet had the pleasure of recently interviewing the band. Their music features strong, powerful vocals and engaging lyrics with dramatic melodies.
Their album “When You Drink, I Drink. When You Sink, I Sink” has been recently released. You can check it on their bandcamp HERE. Check out the interview below!
1. Tell us a little about the band.
Girl Fry is owned and operates by Jessy Spino and Alex Si, based out of Los Angeles. We employ several musicians, but right now our main drummer is Justin Brown (also drummer for math rock band Feather Wolf).
2. How would you describe the music you play?
Although we’re going for latin punk, many describes us at melodic punk with a few latin flares.
3. What are you biggest musical influences, favorite bands?
Jessy: Los Hermanos, Agent Ribbons, Dresden Dolls.
Alex: Gorillaz, Against Me, Agent Orange
4. Do you think the internet has helped or hurt musicians?
It has helped music. But has probably hurt musicians who were previously making a living without it.
5. What song your band plays is your favorite and why?
Alex’s Favorite: Frankenstein. Fun to listen to, and fun to play.
Jessy’s Fav: Roadkill, because it’s super easy and I get to yell.
To find out more about this rising band, you can also visit their official website and follow them on tumblr.
Brody Dalle, one of the best female punk singers in recent times, performs a cover of the Misfit’s “Hybrid Moments.” While no one can compare to Danzig’s version, she does a really good job. Her naturally raspy voice is suited to the song perfectly. Although Brody Dalle was unfortunately embroiled in controversy with her messy divorce from Rancid lead singer Tim Armstrong, it shouldn’t overshadow her own talent and body of work. The punk rock world, in particular, could benefit from more female lead singers.
If anyone has deep insight into what punk rock was and what punk rock has become, it’s Jello Biafra, former lead singer of the influential San Francisco based punk band Dead Kennedys. A long with Joey Ramone, Glenn Danzig, and other punk rock giants, Jello Biafra has helped create some of the most incendiary and lasting punk rock of all time.
In this sit-down interview, Jello Biafra is as candid as ever. And whether you agree with him or not, it’s definitely an interesting interview. He says such things as:
Even the Butthole Surfers think he’s a weird guy.
Punk should die, so that it can be reborn again.
He believes punk will always exist in some format.
Punk is no longer about how you dress, boy bands look like punk rockers now.
He’s losing money with his Alternative Tentacles record label.
He’s proud of what he accomplished with the Dead Kennedys, but hates what it has become.
Hog Hoggidy Hog was a punk rock band from Cape Town, South Africa. They were known for ska rock or “porkrock” which also incorporates local African music and culture, and were headed by lead singer George Bacon. They were an influential band in the South African alternative music scene. He apparently passed away in his sleep after playing a gig. The band Hog Hoggidy Hog released this statement about his very sad passing:
“It is with great sadness that we write this message. We have lost our brother and his memory will live on in our minds and hearts forever. All our love and condolences to Verena, Draco and family. George, you will be missed with all our hearts.”
Other details are not known, but are expected to be released at a later date. His death has come as a shock to his community, as George Bacon and Hog Hoggidy Hog are an established long-time presence. Below is a video of a live performance: