With short black hair, clean khakis, and a plaid button-down shirt, Jesse Michaels could pass more easily for a Cal biochemistry grad student than a punk rock icon. Far from intimidating, he speaks quietly and laughs easily and often, a demeanor which belies the fact that, as the singer and main lyricist for the seminal Berkeley punk band Operation Ivy, he is arguably one of the most important punk figures of the last 20 years. In the late '80s, that band helped establish the Berkeley sound that revolved around Berkeley's 924 Gilman club, and also paved the way for the... More >>>