Archive for May, 2012

By Metal Dave When it comes to smoke-choked, whiskey-soaked, hard-luck rock-n-roll, few bands do it better than metallic twangers, the Hangmen. Slogging around since 1987 and once signed to the same record label that gave us Guns N’Roses, the Hangmen were left for dead once Geffen Records and the rest of the world started revolving […]

By Metal Dave After meeting Michael Monroe in a downtown Austin hotel room, I’m fully convinced the glam-rocking twister sleeps in his leather pants. In town during SXSW 2004, but not scheduled to perform, the Finnish singer was merely passing through, but nonetheless happy to oblige a few stray interviews to promote the latest Hanoi […]

By Metal Dave Like a rainbow in the dark, Nicole Starr is something of an anomaly. Barely 20-something-years-old, Starr was born after the prime years of her favorite guitar heroes, yet she raves about 1980s shredders the way a Kardashian prattles on about shoes. Jake E. Lee? Loves him. George Lynch? Wants to marry him. […]

By David Glessner Special to the Austin American-Statesman This article originally published 10-26-06 Jail, addiction and loss are the stories of Mike Ness’ life, but the 44-year-old punk rocker also is well-versed on sobriety, redemption and survival. Reached at his New York hotel room, the California native is battling a cold while touring with his […]