Punk Rock

Forty-one

In December 2020, Jason, Kristin and I bought two lockdown livestreams of musical performances, The Bouncing Souls and Less Than Jake. We all desperately missed going to live concerts, so we did our best to re-create the experience. We turned the lights off in the basement, stood behind the couch instead of sitting on it,…

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Ep. 329: Justin Duran – Lead Singer of The Frickashinas and Center Scenes

I first met Justin Duran in like 2002 when he was fronting a band called Dysarranged. He was a guest on my college radio show in preparation for a big, all-day punk rock festival one of my colleagues was putting on. We hit it off immediately. When Dysarranged broke up, Justin (and his co-lead Brian,…

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Ep. 318: Matt Whitesides – Frontman for No Bueno!

The very first time I saw Matt Whitesides, I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. It was the middle of the afternoon, my girlfriend, my buddy and myself were in the crowd at the Bluebird Theatre waiting to see Yellowcard and Home Grown, he was fronting local punk band Step Short, and I was…

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Ep. 311: Kaycee Heid – Registered Endocrinology Nurse, Former Punk Show Co-Host

Kaycee Heid is one of my best friends. I met her when I was 12, and our paths have crisscrossed ever since. We were in our middle school’s improv club together, we stayed pals throughout high school, we got into punk and ska music at the same time, we co-hosted The Bi-Polar Show on KCSU…

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Ep. 308: Andy Thomas – Musician, Deputy Director of Levitt Pavilion

Andy Thomas is Deputy Director of Levitt Pavilion Denver, a non-profit music venue established with the purpose of building community through music. Levitt Pavilion Denver operates on a mission to bridge cultural gaps and to find ways to erase divisions and embrace differences in our community. Andy has been playing music professionally since 2003, and…

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Forty

“Punk is dead.” Or maybe, “Punk’s not dead.” Either way, I’ve heard either of these phrases for as long as I’ve been into punk and neither means a goddamn thing. They’re provocative in a meaningless way – a response to a question asked by a strawman that doesn’t exist. The truth is that punk cycles…

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Ep. 299: Ashley Garrison – Co-Owner of The Hop Handcrafted Ice Cream

Ashley Garrison is one of my absolute favorite people on this planet. We became pals when I lived in The Woodlands, TX for my junior year of high school through a love of punk and ska music. We would go to shows, drive around listening to our music way too loud like all bored high…

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Ep. 272: Jose Prieto – Lead Singer and Guitarist of MakeWar

Jose Prieto is the lead singer and guitarist of MakeWar, one of my new favorite bands. I became hip to MakeWar thanks to NERF, who curates KTCL’s HD Radio Station Punk Tacos. He loved their sound, and when I heard them the first time, I was immediately hooked. After my interview with Jake Kiley from…

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Ep. 264: Ryan Mehaffey – Founder and CEO of Feast Over Famine

Ryan Mehaffey is the Founder and CEO of Feast Over Famine, which “helps servant hearted organizations to scale effectively & navigate the tension where mission and profit collide.” From their website: Our deepest desire as an organization is to see the global challenges that our world faces (poverty, hunger, incarceration, homelessness, addiction, etc) relieved and…

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Ep. 261: The Mazlows – Denver Punk Band

If the year 2020 has proven one thing to me – well, one thing that’s positive anyway – it’s that punk rock is what soothes my soul more than anything else. So, when I became aware of The Mazlows, a pop punk band out of Lakewood, CO – just next door to my hometown of…

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