Weird Al emerged, post-punk exploded, and DJing matured in 1981

To commemorate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100, Off The Charts revisits each year since it was established to spotlight songs and artists that didn’t make the cut, yet still made a significant impact. Years are chosen randomly and—to make it even harder on ourselves—rules for inclusion are that neither the songs nor…

19 bands that have plowed through 3 or more frontmen without a name change

Prior to the mighty Bon Scott joining AC/DC, the Aussie rockers were fronted by Dave Evans for roughly 10 months, before he parted ways with the band. (Depending on who you ask, he was booted due to “jealousy” or disagreements with others in the camp.) Scott guided AC/DC to rock’s upper echelons before dying after a…

Revisiting the book that immortalized the ’80s indie punk rock scene

It was sometime around 1997 or 1998 when author and rock journalist Michael Azerrad was sitting at home watching a generic multi-part history on rock ’n’ roll. It was late in the evening, and the episode he caught detailed the history of punk rock—or was supposed to. But something was wrong. “It went straight from…

Where to start with the righteous noise of Dischord Records

Washington, D.C. has been in the spotlight more than usual lately, and it has more to do with the recent midterm elections. The city’s music scene—in particular, the punk and hardcore scene that’s revolved for decades around the independent label Dischord Records—has been featured in the second episode of Dave Grohl’s …

Henry Rollins apologized for his shitty thoughts on suicide

Henry Rollins has apologized for criticizing those who have committed suicide, saying in a post to his website, “That I hurt anyone by what I said, and I did hurt many, disgusts me.” He adds that it wasn’t his intent to draw anyone’s ire, saying he’s “had a life of depression,” and that “knowing what I know and having…

The soap opera that is Black Flag sees Ron Reyes claim Greg Ginn threatened his family

Coming as a surprise to no one who’s been following the unending stream of Black Flag news over the past year, the recently fired Ron Reyes has now claimed that founding guitarist Greg Ginn threatened Reyes’ family prior to letting him go. The allegation comes from a recent interview Reyes did with Beatroute, which…