Throughout Mike Watt's 30 years in the music industry, it has become quite clear that the man can play a mean bass and pen some indelible, spirited songs. What also became quite clear when I chatted with Watt on the phone from his longtime home in San Pedro, California, is that he loves to talk abo ... More >>
At 53 years old, Mike Watt is more sought after now than ever. The punk veteran and hugely influential bassist made his name in the early '80s as a member of the Minutemen, and he seemingly hasn't stopped touring since, lending his talents to a number of post-Minutemen projects like Dos (fo ... More >>
Photo by Sarah SanduskyThere's always been one consistent thing about First Avenue, throughout the years: the staff comes with a deep love of music. From the door person who frisks you at the door to the booking agent in the office, the staff has always been made up of people who liked the music ... More >>
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