Losing both her parents within three years of each other changed rock & roll hero Joan Jett. Working with the Blackhearts and high profile guests Dave Grohl and Laura Jane Grace from Against Me!, the guitarist tapped into an introspective mood on September’s Unvarnished.
Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner caught the crowd at the Cedar Park Center Tuesday unaware, slinking onstage during opening act Mini Mansions and hijacking vocals from drummer (and Queens of the Stone Age bassist) Michael Shuman. Turner hinted at the 90-minute spectacle to come with a brief but seductive verse that left screaming girls in his wake.
The CMJ Music Marathon may be the most comparable festival to South by Southwest, but it’s not a fair comparison to either. The acts playing the week-long NYC extravaganza generally fall further under the radar, and the showcases, spread across 80 venues throughout the city, requires more prep and yields less serendipity than Austin’s flagship fest.
Reports began to arrive early this afternoon that Corey Mitchell, the true-crime author and Housecore Horror Film Festival co-founder, had suffered a heart attack this morning outside Emo’s and subsequently died mere hours after the second annual event had concluded.
On the final evening of Housecore Horror, a new policy was introduced at Emo’s: all entrants will empty pockets and submit to a search. “Danzig came in and changed everything,” explained a guard. Taped to the doors, signs instructed, “No cell phones whatsoever during Danzig/Samhain.” Finally. Cell phones should be banned at shows more often.
Oderus Urungus has fallen. Dave Brockie, the heart of Gwar since its inception, left a free-bleeding gash in the thrash contingent’s center with his death from a heroin overdose in March. Saturday night at Emo’s, the shuffled lineup embarked on an irreverent quest to bring their fearless leader back from beyond.