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The Mid-Week Beat: Dance Punk – Past and Present

no_bunny_jpg_595x325_crop_upscale_q85Hi everyone, its Dave Hernandez again with another Mid-Week Beat. Brown Paper Tickets is bringing some stellar stripped down and dance-y punk acts to both coasts this week, a couple current (Hunx & His Punx and Nobunny) and one classic (Jonathan Richman).

Here we go:

TONIGHT! Wednesday, August 9 I HUNX & HIS PUNXPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania  Hardly Art Records signed up Hunx & His Punx almost as soon as they witnessed the first couple of bars of Hunx’s hilarious Ramones meet doo-wop, sexy/cutesy, X-rated boy-on-boy love anthems.

Here’s what Hardy Art is saying about their newest LP Street Punk:

“Hunx & His Punx is now led by Seth Bogart and Shannon Shaw, who split songwriting and vocal duties. In the years since their last album, 2011’s Too Young To Be in Love, Seth recorded a solo album called  Hairdresser Blues (2012) and started a homemade TV Show called Hollywood Nailz, while Shannon released Dreams In The Rat House (2013) with her other band Shannon and the Clams. Somehow during all of this, Seth and Shannon managed to secretly meet in Los Angeles and Oakland and to gob out Street Punk.”

Hunx & His Punx will be playing with Chain and The Gang at PhilaMoca, Philadelphia’s amazing art/performance space, don’t miss this: the first show of their 23 day coast-to-coast tour tonight.

** WARNING! This video contains subject matter and language that may be offensive to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised. **

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The Mid-Week Beat: Happy Birthday to Geezer Butler and Ron Asheton!

Today marks the birthdays of two men that are, in no small part, responsible for the creation of both heavy metal and punk rock. Both are considered titans in the world of heavy rock. One is still with us and one, sadly, passed away a couple years ago.

The two men I’m talking about are Geezer Butler, original bass player and chief lyricist for what is largely considered to be the first “heavy metal” band, Black Sabbath and Ron Asheton, guitarist of the legendary Stooges, the band credited with creating the attitude, aesthetic and sound that would become known as “punk rock.” Separated by only a year these two men represent a musical generation who were brought up on the peace and love of 60s rock, but who opted for a darker and more aggressive style. They are proof that a new rock and roll revolution was under way on both sides of the Atlantic and the sound that these two men helped form would provide the groundwork for two genres that would dominate the 70s and 80s and continue to influence fans of heavy music for decades to come.

Geezer Butler was born in Birmingham, England on July 17, 1949 and formed his first band Rare Breed as a teenager with his friend John “Ozzy” Osbourne in the autumn of 1967. Eventually they incorporated local guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward to form the blues band Polka Tulk, who eventually changed their name to Earth and then to Black Sabbath in 1969 when it was discovered that another band called Earth was already playing gigs in their small English touring circuit. Black Sabbath’s debut LP was released on Friday, February 13, 1970 and reached number 8 on the UK album charts, signalling a successful run of releases that would have Sabbath packing arenas throughout the 70s and into the 1980s.

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