Sex Pistols

WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls) at Jammin' Java!

CONTEST CLOSED

No, this isn’t a taping of VH1’s Where Are They Now? But this show will indeed make you want to jump in your way-back machine! 

Glen Matlock, former Sex Pistols bassist, and ex-New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain are joining forces to embark on a Punk Pioneers tour. Sunday, April 7, the pair will be stopping at Jammin’ Java to purvey their punk prowess.

 

Both rockers have been active in recent years, reuniting with old band and forming new ones. And their most recent endeavor, teaming up for the Punk Pioneers tour, should not be missed. For your chance to see these living legends for free, please do one of the following:

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Aren't the winner but still want to RAWK out? Tickets are still available and can be purchased here


TO DO LIST: Public Image Limited TONIGHT @ The 9:30 Club!!

In a recent interview, Public Image Ltd. (PiL)frontman John Lydon said, "I made a bloody big noise when I began, and I don't expect that noise to die off anytime soon. I'm very proud of that. But that's where I learned to write songs. And here's the fruit of that tree. PiL." That fruit, as it were, will ripen the 9:30 Club tonight on a rare U.S. tour which they've dubbed "No Shit Now Rock."

The "bloody big noise" Lydon referred to is of course The Sex Pistols, an association Lydon will never escape (nor does he seem to want to). Even though the Pistols were only together for three years (not counting post-Sid Vicious reunions) and released just one album, their influence on music is incalculable and has largely overshadowed everything Lydon has done since. Which is a shame, as PiL's output has been consistently solid. Their second album, Metal Box, is considered a post-punk classic. In May they released their ninth album and first in 20 years, This Is PiL, and it was a surprisingly effective return. This is PiL continues their unique fusion of rock, pop, electronica, and dub, which should make for a fantastic live performance. But of course it's not just the music - you go to a PiL show to see Lydon. Even at 56 the former Johnny Rotten still gives it everything he's got when he performs, and he certainly isn't shy about keeping his unique opinions to himself. One can only imagine what he'll say while addressing a DC crowd.

Tickets are still available. Get em while they're hot folks!


ROCKTOBER 2012: 1977 - This is the Day of the Expanding Man

What a year. 1977 saw the first test flight of the Space Shuttle, the incorporation of Apple, and the release of the first personal computer—the Commodore PET. There were events that would affect the life-philosophies of little boys and girls for the foreseeable future—the release of the first Star Wars movie and of the Atari 2600. It saw the death of a King (Elvis) and the birth of a slayer (Sarah Michelle Gellar). It saw the completion of long projects, now no more--the Concorde and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center (designed to withstand and impact of a Boeing 707—a common commercial plane at the time). Steven Biko died in a South African jail, the first MRI scanner was tested in Brooklyn, and GPS was ushered in by the US government. All of these events had the effect of moving the collective to be better, to be different, to expand.

The effects of 1977 are still expanding popular music. Punk had its start a few years earlier, but the release of the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks. Here’s the Sex Pistols slammed the genre into the ears of complacent mid-1970’s “rock” music listeners with all the subtlety of a steel-toed boot. Rock had arguably lost a lot of the biting edge that had so wonderfully angered adults of the 1950’s. Unfortunately, Punk also meant a loss of virtuosity. The Sex Pistols, the Ramones, the Stranglers, Iggy Pop - all proved that you could make seriously compelling music without having studied at Berkley or Eastman. To this day though, hipsters often consider a band less than authentic if its members can actually play their instruments and exhibit this proficiency either on stage or in recordings. To quote one such lost soul overheard at a show at the 9:30 Club featuring some of the best musicians of this modern day: “they’re just wankin’ off.”