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Music, Hear This Social Distortion: Show Preview

Social Distortion: Show Preview

Mike Ness has been leading different editions of Social Distortion since the late 1970s, and in the three-plus decades since blazing forth from the SoCal hardcore scene, the band has transitioned from scrappy to increasingly slick. Last year's Hard Times…
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Music, Hear This Social Distortion: Show Preview

Social Distortion: Show Preview

Granted, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes might be an awful title for an album, Social Distortion may have grown decently up into pack of tame daddies, and the whole cuffed-jean punk era is probably completely over. But damn if Mike…
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Music, Hear This Rock Ness Monster

Rock Ness Monster

Social Distortion rocketed out of Los Angeles 30 years ago, building a following by mashing together hardcore punk and roots-rockabilly with frontman Mike Ness' snarled tales of hard livin'. Purists hold up Social D's influential 1983 debut, Mommy's Little Monster,…
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Music, All Shook Down Social Distortion Reschedules SF Shows

Social Distortion Reschedules SF Shows

I know, it feels like Mike Ness's heart will explode of old age any minute now and you're worried you might have missed Social D for good. Fear not, for the geriatric OC punkers have rescheduled all their shows…
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Music, All Shook Down Put On This Ball and Chain For Three Nights of Social D in SF

Put On This Ball and Chain For Three Nights of Social D in SF

Head out to see Social Distortion next month and witness the only time and place it's even remotely acceptable for a middle-aged man to wear eyeliner. A few years from now and both Mike Ness and Robert Smith have…
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The House of Tudor

I try not to use this space for grumbling. So what can I say about Mike Ness' solo album Cheating at Solitaire? Well, it is most definitely Mike Ness. Even with all those horns from Royal Crown Revue, and complementary…
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The House of Tudor

Observe the essential breakbeat in its natural habitat at Future Primitive Soundsession's "21st Century Urban Breakbeats." This exhibition will encompass the kinetic rhythms of the Chemical Brothers, the jungle groove of Goldie, the old-school hip hop of Afrika Bambaataa, and…
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