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DS Exclusive: My Year in Photos 2017 (Meredith Goldberg)

2017 provided me many great opportunities to document the punk rock scene. Most especially, the punk rock scene in my adopted city of Chicago. For my compilation of my favorite images of 2017, I am including a mix of my faves from both veterans bands well known nationally and even internationally; and upstart groups grinding out their place in the punk rock world. I also am including images both published here, heretofore not featured in any online or hard copy publications. These were exciting and compelling shows. If you see any of these bands (hover over pictures in the gallery to catch the names) coming through your city, town; or general area I suggest checking them out! Check out the full gallery below!



DS Photo Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago – Day 2 (Bad Brains, The Lawrence Arms, Fishbone and more)

The weekend of September 15-17 saw the annual return of Riot Fest. Riot Fest 2017 was held for the 12th consecutive year in Chicago and for the third consecutive year in Douglas Park. Once again, Riot Fest saw an eclectic crowd turn out, including multiple generations of families. We brought you our full day one gallery a week-or-so ago, so now we’re on to Day Two!

Taking Back Sunday was billed as a co-headliner on this particular evening, but perhaps the most anticipated set was that of Bad Brains. Given the health issues that varying members of the band have experienced over the last handful of years — most notably frontman H.R.’s recent brain surgery, there have been rumors circulating that this fortieth anniversary set might have been the DC punk scene pioneers last ever. If so, it was a hell of a way to go out!

Also featured on the second day of the three-day whirlwind in the sweltering heat were hometown boys The Lawrence Arms; Wu-Tang Clan, the Beastie Boys’ Mike D performing a DJ set, ska-punk pioneers Fishbone, English street punk veterans GBH, Australia’s The Smith Street Band, and Faith No More’s Mike Patton’s latest project, Dead Cross. Check out our full photo gallery of the festivities below, and stay tuned for day three (JAWBREAKER!!) tomorrow!



H.R. hopes Bad Brains will tour again later this year

Right before his brain surgery last week, Bad Brains frontman H.R. was interviewed by Loudwire, where he stated that he hopes to return to the stage with the band for a tour later this year. He stated:

“I was talking with the bass player and we were looking at the fall, in autumn, maybe. We’ll do some rehearsals, rehearsing a setlist that they had wanted to play and I decided to go ahead and play it with them. Darryl had come to me through the telephone and said, ‘I’m committed to you,’ and I said, ‘Well, I’m committed to you.'”

The rest of the interview can be watched below.

In addition to a tour, Bad Brains recently announced that they will begin work on their next album, titled Mind Power, this fall, and have hinted that it will be their last one.



Bad Brains to work on new music this fall

In a Q&A session following a showing of the Finding Joseph I documentary in New York earlier this week, Bad Brains frontman H.R. revealed that the band plans to get to together this fall to work on new material. Although he did not indicate if the new material will result in a new album, H.R. stated:

“Well what I’ve been talking to Doc and Darryl about was if they’d like to come together in the fall.”

The members of Bad Brains recently hinted that their next album, titled Mind Power, will be their last. We’ll keep you posted as more details on the follow-up to 2012’s Into the Future come to light.



Bad Brains hoping to record one more album

Billboard.com recently published an interview with the members of Bad Brains about their future and vocalist H.R. and guitarist Dr. Know’s recent health issues. The article also reveals that the Bad Brains hope they will record what may be their final album, titled Mind Power, a reference to the band’s original name when they were a jazz-fusion group.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on the new Bad Brains record come to light. It will be the band’s first full-length studio album since 2012’s Into the Future.



Bad Brains’ H.R. featured in new Islander song

South Carolina’s Islander have released a lyric video for their new song “Think It Over”, which features the one and only H.R. from Bad Brains. You can check it out below.

“Think It Over” is taken from Islander’s upcoming album Power Under Control, which will be released on August 5th through Victory Records.

As for Bad Brains, the band had been working on new music, but H.R. suffered from a rare neurobiological disorder last March. He is the second member of Bad Brains (after Dr. Know) to deal with health issues.



Benefit show for Bad Brains’ Dr. Know to be held in New York

A benefit concert for Bad Brains guitarist Dr. Know will be held on July 23rd at Tompkins Square Park in New York City to raise awareness of the plight of the legendary member of Bad Brains, who has had some issues in over the last seven months. Sponsored by Black N’ Blue Productions and NYHC Chronicles, the benefit include performances from Breakdown, Token Entry, The Cro-Mags, Antidote and Maximum Penalty, and attendees will be able to support Dr. Know’s Go Fund Me campaign on-site at a station that will be accepting donations.

Dr. Know was hospitalized last November for cardiac arrest, and the band launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money in order to pay for his medical bills. He is not the only member of Bad Brains to be dealing with health issues. Last March, Bad Brains frontman H.R. was suffered from a rare neurobiological disorder.

Bad Brains recorded a new EP in New York in May of last year, with frontman H.R. not participating, and as early as 2014, they were in the studio working on what appears to be the follow-up to 2012’s Into the Future. We’ll keep you posted as more details on new music from Bad Brains come to light.



Bad Brains singer H.R. suffering from neurobiological disorder

Bad Brains frontman H.R. has been suffering from a rare neurobiological disorder. The condition is said to be worsening with H.R. having to take several trips to the E.R., where the was diagnosed with a rare type of headache called SUNCT, a trigeminal neuralgia that is similar to cluster headaches. H.R.’s wife, Lori, issued the following statement:

“I am HR’s caregiver. He has a neurobiological disorder and has also had severe headaches for years. The headaches have gotten progressively worse; in November, he began living with almost constant pain. He has been diagnosed with a rare type of headache called SUNCT, a trigeminal neuralgia that is similar to cluster headaches. There is no known cure and no reliable medical treatment. To give you an idea of what he’s dealing with, cluster headaches are nicknamed ‘Suicide Syndrome’. The headaches come randomly, with no warning, at all hours of the day and night; but for him, they are much worse at night. The intensity of the nighttime headaches is so great that he yells, cries out, groans, and sobs—repeatedly, every few minutes, for most of the night. He can’t work. He has no quality of life. If you call him and ask how he is, he will say, ‘Everything’s okay,’ because that’s just how he is. But everything is not okay.

We’ve been consulting doctors for the past few years, and have uncovered several health issues that we were able to address and overcome. But these headaches… In the past six months, he’s been to the emergency room twice, had an overnight in the hospital, has seen two neurologists, and so far he has a diagnosis and found a pain medication that worked well for a while but is not safe to take long-term—so it’s two steps forward, three steps back. He has an appointment in early May at a Headache Center–not fully covered by health insurance–where we hope to find someone with experience with this type of headache. He’s on a cocktail of pharmaceuticals that scares me. He has lost weight, with visible muscle wasting. 

As a clinical herbalist, you can be sure that I have also been tapping into my extensive knowledge of natural medicine. Nothing is working YET. I know what we need to try next, including acupuncture and some herbal preparations, however we can’t manage the costs of these treatments. 

I am a full-time caregiver. I work a full-time retail management job with varying shifts. I manage HR’s calendar and business as best as I can. I’ve been trying really hard to work on extra projects to bring in some extra money (very slow going). I take care of the apartment, the car, the bills, HR’s doctor appointments, everything. I do all of the things. And now I can’t sleep because my husband is crying out in pain all night. On top of the physical stress of shift work and not getting enough sleep, the emotional and psychological stress of watching him be in pain and not being able to do a damn thing about it is wearing me down. He needs me to be around more and he needs me to be at my best. I can’t do this alone anymore. We need your help.

Thank you for anything you can do to help HR regain his health–and his life.”

You can contribute here. H.R. isn’t the only member of Bad Brains to be dealing with health issues. Their guitarist Dr. Know was hospitalized last November for cardiac arrest, and the band recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money in order to pay for his medical bills.

Bad Brains recorded a new EP in New York last May, with frontman H.R. not participating, and as early as 2014, they were in the studio working on what appears to be the follow-up to 2012’s Into the Future. We’ll keep you posted as more details on new music from Bad Brains come to light.



Bad Brains launch $100,000 crowdfunding campaign for Dr. Know

As you may recall, last NovemberBad Brains guitarist Dr. Know was hospitalized and put on life support. This time, the band released a statement on their Facebook page, stating that they have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money in order to pay for Dr Know’s medical bills. They write:

“As many of you know, Gary Miller (aka Dr. Know or Doc), guitarist of the Legendary Washington DC punk band Bad Brains, suffered cardiac arrest in early November last year. His condition quickly progressed to multiple organ failure, and he was on life support for almost 2 weeks. At the time, his doctors gave him a 5% chance of survival. But by the power of PMA, LOVE and FAMILY, he was able to pull through and survive.

We started this campaign in an effort to raise money for Doc’s medical expenses and additional care that will be needed once he returns home.

For more information on how to help, please click the link below. Thank you and keep up the PMA.”

The link that Bad Brains are referring to is the GoFundMe.com link, and you can go here to read more about the campaign.

Bad Brains recorded a new EP in New York last May, with frontman H.R. not participating, and as early as 2014, they were in the studio working on what appears to be the follow-up to 2012’s Into the Future. We’ll keep you posted as more details on new music from Bad Brains come to light.



Bad Brains post update on Dr. Know’s condition

It’s been a week since we reported that Bad Brains guitarist Dr. Know was in the hospital and put on life support. This time, the band released a statement stating that Dr. Know’s condition is no longer critical and it seems as though his condition is improving. The band writes:

“The Family of Gary (Dr. Know) Miller and the entire Bad Brains family would like to thank everyone for their well wishes. We are happy to say that Dr. Know’s condition is no longer considered critical.
He still remains under the close care and watch of doctors at this time so please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

We continue to ask that you honor our privacy during this time.

Positive vibes and PMA!”

Bad Brains recorded a new EP in New York last May, with frontman H.R. not participating, and over a year ago, they were in the studio working on what appears to be the follow-up to 2012’s Into the Future. We’ll keep you posted as new music from Bad Brains come to light.



Cro-Mags’ John Joseph says Dr. Know’s condition is improving

Last night, we reported that Dr. Know, the guitarist of Bad Brains, was in the hospital and put on life support. Cro-Mags vocalist John Joseph, who served as an occasional roadie for Bad Brains on several tours and even filled in on vocals at a couple of gigs, issued the following statement on his Facebook page regarding Dr. Know’s condition:

“I have not responded to people asking of Bad Brains guitarist Dr. Know’s (Gary’s) condition because it’s not my place. The family needs to make those calls of who should be informed. That being said after seeing Doc in the hospital today I will say this…. he’s improving and he feels all the love, prayers and PMA you’ve been sending worldwide and so does his family who are all very grateful. Keep them prayers coming for one of the nicest people, greatest and humblest musicians to ever walk the earth and also be a big brother to so many.”

Bad Brains recorded a new EP in New York last May, with frontman H.R. not participating, and over a year ago, they were in the studio working on what appears to be the follow-up to 2012’s Into the Future. We’ll keep you posted as new music from Bad Brains come to light.



Bad Brains’ Dr. Know reportedly hospitalized and on life support

Dr. Know, the guitarist of Bad Brains, has been reportedly taken to hospital and is now on life support. It is not known why he is in the hospital, but Bad Brains issued the following statement on their Facebook page:

“The Bad Brains family ask that you please keep Gary (Dr. Know) Miller in your thoughts and prayers The family respectfully ask that their privacy be honored during this time and very much appreciate all the great energy that is being sent their way.

Positive vibes and PMA!”

We hope you get well soon, Dr. Know.

Bad Brains recorded a new EP in New York last May, with frontman H.R. not participating, and over a year ago, they were in the studio working on what appears to be the follow-up to 2012’s Into the Future. We’ll keep you posted as new music from Bad Brains come to light.



Release date announced for documentary, “Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington DC”

The production company MVD Entertainment Group has just announced the release date of “Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington DC”.

Following the DC scene throughout the 80’s, the documentary focuses on the likes of Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and Fugazi; and includes interviews with Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, John Stabb, Thurston Moore and Dave Grohl. It’s set to be released on September 18, 2015.

Check out the trailer below.



Bad Brains’ Dr. Know talks about Woodstock sessions

Washington, D.C. hardcore icons Bad Brains entered a studio in Woodstock, New York yesterday to record a new EP in front of an audience of 60-70 people, with Jamaican singer Jesse Royal filling in for H.R. The EP will be part of a series of similar recording sessions called The Woodstock Sessions. About these sessions, guitarist Dr. Know told Fuse:

“It’s gonna be like a gig, but a recording gig. It’s great to have participation with the audience, to get a little feedback. “Did you like that solo guys?” [Laughs]”

Dr. Know was also asked if he plans to work with H.R. in the future, he simply responded, “Only Jah know.”

Bad Brains have not released a statement whether H.R. is out of the band, or will be involved in the recording of their next studio album, which will be their first since 2012’s Into the Future. We’ll keep you posted as more details on H.R.’s status with Bad Brains come to light.



Bad Brains to record new EP without H.R.

Washington, D.C. hardcore icons Bad Brains have announced that they will enter the studio later this month to record a new EP in Woodstock, New York in front of an audience of 60-70 people. For the recording sessions, which will last only one day, Jamaican singer Jesse Royal will be filling in for H.R. on vocals, and the EP will be part of a series of similar recording sessions called The Woodstock Sessions.

Bad Brains have not released a statement whether H.R. is out of the band, or will be involved in the recording of their next studio album, which will be their first since 2012’s Into the Future. We’ll keep you posted as more details on H.R.’s status with Bad Brains come to light.