Chris Spinks' folks raised him on a strict diet of classic rock. His friends upgraded that diet to all things Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords when he got a little older, starting with Social Distortion's Live at the Roxy. From there, he played in a pop-punk band or two, landed a gig at the Vans store, ... More >>
Back in 2006, Ronnie Radke was on top of the world. He was the lead singer of Escape the Fate, a post-hardcore band that had just released its debut album, Dying Is Your Latest Fashion. A fateful turn of events in Las Vegas led to Radke being charged with battery, and his refusal to report to his pa ... More >>
The punk rockin' Denton ex-pats in the Riverboat Gamblers are no strangers to the folks at Spin--not, at least, since the music mag vaulted the band from small regional clubs and the pages of Alternative Press and into the limelight by naming the band one of the best live acts in America. And the ... More >>
The trio behind Alkaline Trio? Well, that's just Matt Skiba, Dan Adriano, and Derek Grant. And their latest, This Addiction, is their first for Epitaph Records--quite the change, after putting out records on Asian Man, Vagrant, and Epic prior. With a sound that mixes the best of The Misfits, The Dam ... More >>
This here post is the first edition of what will be a weekly peek at what outside musicians think about the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Each week, we'll present a conversation with a touring act, and conclude it with a quick word-association game focusing on certain aspects of Big D and the surrounding ... More >>
This year was such a good one for heavy music, I wound up having to cheat when putting this list together. I just couldn't settle on ten albums that kicked my ass the hardest in 2009; there were dozens of candidates. The best I could do was fourteen, so each of my top four slots are ties.
Mastod ... More >>