Mike Haskins

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    The Nine Best Outdoor Venues in North Texas

    Now that the weather has turned to something other than scorching, we can turn our attention to catching a show outdoors. Although most promoters (and many in the crowds) don't seem to mind a show taking place in the middle of August, I sure don't mind having dehydration and hyperthermia being the e ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    Barry Kooda Steps from Behind the Stage to Rock Again with The Nervebreakers

    Most know Barry Kooda from his days in The Nervebreakers, a local punk act that good fortune smiled on in an awful big way in the '70s when they opened locally for The Boomtown Rats, The Police and even the grand triad of classic punk, The Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Clash. Kooda followed that peri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: God Save the Longhorn Ballroom From the Sex Pistols

    Via.​Seeing as how C.J. Ramone's in town tonight, I'd hoped this recording of the Ramones at the Fair Park Band Shell from July 26, 1990 (password's "," if you're so inclined), would be at the very least listenable. Only, it sounds like it was recorded from someone standing in ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    Echoes and Reverberations: The Twisted Fate of a Lifetime Crate Digger

    Many of them were tucked away in suburban strip malls, their storefronts always the black sheep of the retail family. They were usually owned by a single lifelong music fan, someone who relished the opportunity to dog-paddle in the eye of the pop culture hurricane. Sometimes they smelled like incens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    Echoes and Reverberations: "Snapshots From The Spectacle of Sickness"

    The original Nervebreakers lineup.Defining moment: For a suburban teenage kid from North Dallas in 1977, a delirious new underground movement called punk rock inspired a profound and urgent departure from the regular routine of cruising Forest Lane or hanging out at the Gemini Drive-In movie theate ... More >>

  • Music

    April 9, 2009

    The Nervebreakers Prove Old Punks Never Die

    They just re-form their legendary local acts to play around town every 15 years or so

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008

    Do Not Read This Post Unless You Have Three Days to Kill, Seriously

    Nicke Mitchell Mike Haskins' photo of the Nervebreakers has found its way to an enormous collection of Dallas music memorabilia. I am posting this at the end of the day because, well, you'll need to clear your weekend to properly enjoy the mounds of photos, fliers, advertisements, magazine covers a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2006

    From Funk to Punk, With a Side of Meat Loaf

    Something's fishy: The Nervebreakers made Rolling Stone after opening for the Sex Pistols at the Longhorn Ballroom in '78. So sorry, but it can't be helped; today's serving of homegrown hits and misses contains a side of Mama's favorite hamburger helper with plenty of extra cheese. But why deny the ... More >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2002

    Bad Ideas, Inc.

    The Bone rocks The Merge right off your FM dial

  • Music

    October 18, 2001

    Scene, Heard

    If it is a joke, the Reds are doing their best not to laugh.

  • Music

    March 9, 2000

    Scene, heard

    Welcome back, losers

  • Music

    October 9, 1997

    Night of the Hunter

    Homage is harder than it looks

  • Music

    May 22, 1997

    A fistful of tunes

    The Big Gundown squints into the sun, throws its serape over its shoulder, and makes its play