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Quarantining With a Ghost? It’s Scary!
GRAVE SISTERS EPISODE FIVE: The creepy and kooky sister of the Sound Sisters’ podcast. For those who believe they’re locked down with spectral roommates, the pandemic has been less isolating than they bargained for. The sisters open the casket and discuss what’s been happening to them while in quarantine. Later, they are joined by director/creator of Camp Punksylvania, Laura Rose, who discusses her apartment ghost(s). The sisters then talk to their cousin-sister, Crystal Solage – who discusses seeing her cabinets open while she was half asleep in quarantine.
The Sisters kick off this episode by paying respects to the #blacklivesmatter movement. They also discuss the importance of being vocal against the horrific racist events that are taking over America, and how crucial it is to promote unity. Later, they fall in virtual sisterly-love-at-first-sight with host/creator of She’s a Punk podcast, Siobhan Woodrow. She discusses how she overcame sexism in the radio industry, what it was like to interview Alice Bag, and how she found solidarity amongst fellow punk females in her quest to create the now celebrated DIY podcast. Siobhan also opens up on why she empathizes with America’s current societal state, while reflecting on how her own country, Canada, has its fair share of racism. The foursome go on to geek-out over Siobhan’s dream podcast interview list, which rightfully includes Patti Smith and Sisters of Mercy Patricia Morison. There are talks of Indiana Jones, with a side of lady boners for Lars and Matt Freeman. All this and more on the Sound Sisters first ever crossover episode with She’s a Punk Podcast.
Words & Photography by Angela RoseRed
Romantic Rock ended the decade with an artistic bang by hosting their fourth Punk Rock and Paintbrushes Holiday art show in Los Angeles. Festivities took place at the Self Help Graphics Art Gallery, which provided a larger space compared to last year’s exhibition; resulting in bigger displays and more contributors. Feature artwork was created from musicians such as Tim Armstrong of Rancid, Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly, Jim Lindberg of Pennywise, Alison Mosshart of The Kills, Monique Powell of Save Ferris, Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies, Warren Fitzgerald of The Vandals, and Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L.; tattoo artist Tokyo Hiro; professional skateboarders Steve Caballero and Jason Adams; photographers Madison Stern and Sara Wright, as well as artists Natalia Fabia and Johnny Ness to name a few. The Sound Sisters did a 24 hour turn and burn road trip from Arizona to cover press. Exhaustion be damned, we were hyped while running on art fumes and excellent company infiltrated our entire evening.
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|Romantic Rock announces fourth annual Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show opening night reception on Saturday, December 21 in Los Angeles, CA exhibition to showcase pieces from artists in the music community including: Tim Armstrong, Matt Henlsey, Carla Harvey, Jim Lindberg, Alison Mosshart, Soma Snakeoil, Natalia Fabia, Johnny Ness, Sara Wright, and more!|
|Los Angeles, CA — Romantic Rock’s highly anticipated Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show returns for its fourth year, with the opening night and red carpet artist reception taking place on Saturday, December 21 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm. With over 1,500 people in attendance in 2018, this year’s Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show will take place in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, CA at Self Help Graphics & Art, which spans over two galleries and a large exterior space. A look at last year’s Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/312448207 Celebrating the fine art and photography of creatives who share a passion for both music and art, Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show will feature artwork from musicians TimArmstrong of Rancid, |
Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly, Jim Lindberg of Pennywise, Alison Mosshart of The Kills, Monique Powell of Save Ferris, Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies, Warren Fitzgerald of The Vandals, Jennie Cotterill of Bad Cop / Bad Cop, and Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L.; tattoo artist Tokyo Hiro; professional skateboarders Steve Caballero and Jason Adams; photographers Madison Stern and Sara Wright, and artists Soma Snakeoil, Natalia Fabia, Paul Kobriger, The Mad Twins: Olya & Vira Ishchuk, Chris Shary, Johnny Ness, Sarah Melvin, and Lori Herbst. Each artist will have multiple original pieces, prints, and much more. The Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show will feature music throughout the night from special guest DJs including Noodles of The Offspring, Jonny Two Bags Wickersham of Social Distortion, Stacey Dee of Bad Cop / Bad Cop, and Joe Sib of SideOneDummy Records, and also boast a full cocktail bar, a coffee booth featuring Oakland Coffee, red carpet, photo booth, live body painting, and more. To RSVP to this all ages event, please visit: https://prpb2019.eventbrite.com
Emily T. Nielsen, founder of both Romantic Rock and Punk Rock & Paintbrushes says, “The Punk Rock & Paintbrushes team is so excited to be hosting another holiday event in Los Angeles this December, sure to be our biggest yet! We will celebrate a successful year and everyone’s hard work with our amazing lineup of artists, photographers, and our wonderful DJs who volunteer their time to give back to our official non profit, The Sidewalk Project. We are very thankful to all of our partners for this show and all of our team for doing such an amazing job this year. Please join us in enjoying and celebrating ART…. without you there is no us!” Some of this year’s participating Punk Rock & Paintbrushes artists said the following: “Christmas time is a very special time for me and I’m super stoked to be apart of this Holiday group show with some of my favorite artists. Looking forward to showing some new stuff this year.” – Steve Caballero “I am looking forward tothe Punk Rock & Paintbrushes show in December. I am always inspired to see everyone’s work. I have been on tour most of the year but I have some ideas that I am looking forward to making for the show and am trying to push myself to learn more and combine a few different mediums.” – Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly “Being new to the art scene, I’m so very excited to be a part of this event. It’s an honor to have my work hung beside such talented artists. I’m not only a fan of their art, but for many, also a fan of their music!” – Monique Powell of Save Ferris Punk Rock & Paintbrushes will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the opening night reception to The Sidewalk Project, a Los Angeles non-profit whose initiative is to enrich the lives of the Los Angeles houseless community. Through various mediums including art, music and film, The Sidewalk Project aims to be socially active in houseless communities around the world, working directly on the street to share in a sense of connection and well-being. To benefit The Sidewalk Project, Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show has also partnered with Vans Footwear to produce “The Art of Shoes,” where artists featured in the show and other iconic punk rock musicians will paint one-of-a-kind designs onto Vans shoes to be auctioned at the show. The Self Help Graphics & Art is located in the Boyle Heights area, at 1300 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. The Punk Rock & Paintbrushes group art exhibition will also be open on Sunday, December 22 from 11:00am to 6:00pm with musical performances and other special surprises to be announced soon. Sponsors for Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show include: Oakland Coffee (founded by Green Day), AO Hemp (owned/founded by Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly), Punk Rock Bowling, The Sidewalk Project, KROQ, Vans Footwear, and Jagermeister. Punk Rock & Paintbrushes will also host holiday shows in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA with select artists. The Portland show will take place December 13 at Bodecker Foundation. RSVP here: prpb2019pdx.eventbrite.com. The Seattle show will take place on December 14 at Piranha Show Gallery.
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About Punk Rock & Paintbrushes:
Punk Rock & Paintbrushes is a collection of artists and photographers who share a love of music — including many career musicians. We are here to provide a platform for our artists to explore their talents through their painting, photography and other forms of art. We produce art shows across the country and desire to connect these talented individuals to their fans of both art and music.
About The Sidewalk Project:
Founded by Stacy Dee, Soma Snakeoil, and Emily T. Nielsen, The Sidewalk Project is an initiative to enrich the lives of the Los Angeles’ houseless community. Through various mediums including art, music and film, The Sidewalk Project aims to be socially active in houseless communities around the world. We work directly on the street to share in a sense of connection and well-being. We focus on enriching experience and building positive art-centric community directly on the street. We like to keep our work radical and without barriers. Wherever one of us is standing there is capacity for a Sidewalk Project. Let’s make everyday matter. TheSidewalkProject.org @The_Sidewalk_Project
About Self Help Graphics & Art:
Self Help Graphics & Art fosters the creation and advancement of new art works by Chicana/o and Latinx artists through experimental and innovative printmaking techniques and other visual art forms. We are an organization rooted in community; and since 1973, have been at the intersection of arts and social justice, providing a home that fosters the creativity and development of local artists. We establish international collaborations and partnerships nation-wide and create world-wide cultural exchanges
Music and art collided for Romantic Rock’s third annual Punk Rock & Paintbrushes holiday art show that took place at Innerspace Gallery in Los Angeles, California.The Sound Sisters traveled from Arizona for an overnight turnaround trip to catch the special event. The exhibition featured original artwork by
I traveled down from North Hollywood and suffered through some gnarly traffic due to an accident. Unfortunately, I missed the first 4 bands including one of my favorite bands TSOL. Luckily, I arrived in time to catch FEAR. They never tour and this is one of the bands that made me want to attend the event in the first place. I was stoked to see two of the original members were on the roster. Aside from Lee Ving on guitar and vocals, Johnny Backbeat was behind the drum kit, which I was thankful to witness because no one else could replicate his unique drum style. His drumming truly helped define FEARS sound and I was glad to cross that off my concert bucket list.
Suicidal Tendencies was up next and they fucking delivered. Arguably, they were one of the best sets all weekend. Mike Muirs’ energy and positivity throughout their set and inspired me as a musician. He told old war stories from being a young kid being told, “you can’t dress like a cholo and be a punk rocker.” Well, we all know he fucking did it anyway! He said, “we were not victims. We were victorious!” They even had Institutionalized on the set list which is a song they rarely play live. Needless to say, the crowd went insane. Rightfully so, because it was fucking amazing.
Next was bro punks Pennywise. This had to be one of the best sets I’ve seen. That is saying something coming from someone who was lucky enough to watch their set from behind Byron McMackin’s drum kit at Punk Rock Bowling and to be thrown right into Fletcher Dragge during Brohym (surviving and being able to tell you this now). Jim’s energy was up and I wanted to be in front with him whipping and thrashing around. They even covered Bestie Boys and at one point brought out the Vandals. The fucking Vandals showed up and played that Cowboy Diddy. Joe Escalante was nowhere to be seen so Randy Bradbury filled in on bass.
The Offspring closed out the night, and at this point, I jumped a barricade with my girlfriend into the VIP section to get closer. It was awesome to see a big beach circle pit during their set. They played all their radio hits including that one that skyrocketed them into TRL’s top 10 with Carson Daly back in the day. You know you remember that jam.
With driving, parking, and walking we arrived just in time to find a spot against the barricade and watch The Interrupters. The Interrupters are one of those bands that just get better and better every time I see them. They are on point with their looks, the stage presence, and their banter. Aimee Interrupter is a boss babe and her energy is always well delivered. They covered the Sound System by Operation Ivy and ended their set with family but there was no Tim Armstrong on stage for this one. Bummer.
Next was the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. They were really good for their type of music, but I would have had them play before The Interrupters to help with the flow of the lineup. The crowd seemed a bit lackluster and more entertained with the beach balls being bumped back n forth.
Bad Religion was up and the crowd really filled and everyone was stoked to see them. They came out to an 8bit version of My Sharona. The set seemed short, but it was probably because they are so fun to watch and thrash to so time just flew right by. I loved watching Jay Bentley smile thru their set and Greg Graffin’s vocals sounded perfect. At one point my girlfriend turns to me and says “Greg is hot”….alrighty then…. Who am I to argue?
Rancid was solid as always. They played hits from a variety of their albums and even the new one. Kevin Bivona shredding on the keyboard throughout the set. At one point someone raised up an American flag from the crowd that had a Rancid banner attached to it. It was a rad sentiment because it made me feel like we were at some huge stadium festival from the 80s.
Social Distortion closed out the night and sounded amazing. Their light show was the best of all the bands that played. Mike brought up his son to play Ball and Chain. A bittersweet moment to watch between father and son.
All in all this fest was legit. It was a weekend filled with punk rock historical milestones. In addition to the bands, there were a lot of booths and extras with the bike portion of the festival. I hope this is an annual thing since it created many musical memories that will never fade.
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