- The Washington Times - Friday, October 20, 2006

Punk-rock connoisseurs, rejoice! “American Hardcore,” a documentary homage to the early-‘80s hardcore scene (which, as many readers know, was pioneered in large part right here in the District), is opening today at Landmark’s E Street Cinema.

As rock movies go, it’s as gritty and genuine as its subject. There are no outside pundits or talking-head critics, and the filmmakers — director Paul Rachman and producer-writer Steven Blush — never insinuate themselves into their unfussy history of the scene. I interviewed Rachman and Blush recently, and hope to have a write-up out soon. As Rachman told me, hardcore is a distinctly American — and hugely influential — “subculture that has fallen through the cracks historically.”

Anyway, do check out the movie.

Also, if you’re in the Northern Virginia area, considering a double-bill tonight at the State Theatre in Falls Church — HEM and Ollabelle. I wrote about HEM, a quite stunning orchestral Americana band, here.

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