Tony Rettman is a freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in The Village Voice, Vice, Philadelphia Weekly, Cleveland Scene, Arthur, Swindle, Signal to Noise, Mean and Thrasher. In 2010, Revelation Records Publishing released his first book, Why Be Something That You’re Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985. Rettman is currently working on his second book; an oral history of the New York Hardcore Punk scene.
Guantanamo Baywatch Drop Demented Malt-Shop Jam ‘Love This Time’
Since 2009, Portland’s Guantanamo Baywatch have been spewing forth a consciously demented and grimy good-time version of twangy guitar rock that pays equal homage to the Cramps, the Trashmen and Gene Vincent. Their vinyl output thus far is made up of two LPs and two EPs, and all four discs are as sick and twisted as you can imagine.
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Films that portray punk rock in its truest form are few and far between.
Hardcore Punk Godfathers DOA Discuss Farewell Tour, New Live Album + More
When you’re talking about the history of hardcore punk, you’d be a damn fool to leave out Canada’s DOA.
10 Best Social Distortion Songs
We tip our fedora to Mike Ness and his gang of rock 'n' roll gangsters.
Promised Land Sound Talk Jack White, the Nashville Scene + Kicking Mumford and Sons’ Asses
Nashville’s Promised Land Sound know the importance of truth in advertising. Although the band arose from the same garage rock scene as bands like PUJOL and JEFF the Brotherhood, their sound and feel are as far away from leather jackets and sneers as you can imagine.
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Mudhoney have much to teach us, and if you get into their music, you may discover these three areas of pop culture...
10 Best Minutemen Songs
In the landscape of '80s American underground music, the Minutemen were nothing short of anomalies.
How the Juliana Hatfield 3 Broke Through With ‘Become What You Are’
'Become What You Are' stands among one of the finer breakout full-lengths to come out of the post-grunge era of the early '90s
‘Detroit Rock City’ Author Steve Miller on Jack White, the Dirtbombs and Bob Seger on Acid
Say what you want about New York or London. The real birthplace of all tried-and-true gritty rock 'n' roll is Detroit.
Black Flag: Points of Departure
No band is an island. The best songwriters tend to be sponge-like soaker-uppers of music, film, fine art, literature and other forms of culture, be they popular or obscure, and these influences often find their way into the music, helping listeners branch out and develop new interests...