These aren’t snotty, young punks who scream and play the
same chords over and over again. Nor are they a bunch of middle-aged
vets who use a garage band as an excuse to drink beer, get away from the
spouse and channel the rock ’n’ roll dreams they left behind.
High-profile acts like Los Lobos, My Chemical Romance and
Kanye West boycotted tour stops in the state; former Rage Against the
Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha started an organization called Sound
Strike, a coalition of artists committed to boycotting the state; and a
number of local musicians also joined the boycott.
Whether you noticed or not, goth-rock has made an
impressive return despite the genre being often shunned by critics and
musicians. Consider the elements of the genre—heavy keyboards, tribal
drumming, introspective lyrics and dense guitars.
Barely a minute into a
conversation with Lou Russell and you can hear melancholy in his voice.
When asked to describe the state of Lou’s Records, the iconic Leucadia
record store that Russell’s owned and operated for more than three
decades, he uses words and phrases like “descent,” “decline” and