Charlie Bertsch / 05 May 2023

The Long 1980s

Molchat Doma in America

When Belorussian dark wave band Molchat Doma began to play their viral TikTok hit Судно at their recent Tucson, Arizona show, I looked out over the tightly packed crowd filling the floor in front of me and was struck by how happy and how diverse it was, from race to age to fashion.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 22 Sep 2022

On Being A Fan

Growing Older With Pavement

As the first chiming notes of Pavement’s “Grounded” rang out, I leaned into my friend. “This is my favourite.” Although a huge fan herself, with her interior décor and a large tattoo to prove it, she looked up at me, quizzically. “Really?”(...)
Charlie Bertsch / 27 Apr 2022

The Dark Side of Alternative

Tucson’s Whole Enchilada Benefit

When it happened, I’d finally decided to move forward through the crowd, loosely grouped in front of the outdoor stage at Tucson’s iconic Hotel Congress. Beloved local band Sidewinders, the penultimate act at this Whole Enchilada benefit show, was already playing their third number. But I still hadn’t committed myself to the experience.(...)