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Teenage Bottlerocket with NOFX, Loudmouth and The Dopamines

Sept. 19 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Are you a fan of Ramones-indebted Pop Punk that worships Top Gun and Evil Dead, cracks wise-ass observations about Metal show mosh pits and likes to creep out the womenfolk when out in an automobile? If so, congratulations — Teenage Bottlerocket's Freak Out is now your favorite record ever.

The Casualties

Sept. 13 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Monday, September 10, 2012
If we were to define Punk Rock acts in terms of food, Bad Religion would be a complex salad, Black Flag a slab of lean steak, Ramones a rich all-toppings-in sundae and The Casualties a box of Twinkies with a side of barbecue-flavored Ruffles chips.   

Music Tonight: Shonen Knife

Japanese Punk/Pop icons perform tonight at the Ballroom at the Taft

{CommentsCant} · Monday, August 20, 2012
Irony is not a concept usually shared by international cultures. Case in point: cats.

The Western (internet) world shows its adoration for felines by churning out pointless LOLcat YouTube video after LOLcat YouTube video, gilding this love with a patina of wink-wink jokeyness, as if to say, "Sure, we obsess over and anthropomorphize these cute beasts that don't do very much, but since...  

MidPoint Indie Summer Series featuring School of Seven Bells

Aug. 24 • Fountain Square

0 Comments · Monday, August 20, 2012
The very niftiest things about School of Seven Bells have nothing to do with its music and everything to do with its name.   

Shonen Knife with White Mystery and The Harlequins

Aug. 20 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, August 13, 2012
Irony is not a concept usually shared by international cultures. Case in point: cats.

Rebels Of An Older Mold

Night Beats blaze their own trail by following a few already blazed

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Carving your own upward path in the perpetually congested music biz is an intimidating enough prospect on its own. Yet Danny Lee — the driving force behind Seatlle Psych Rock trio Night Beats — has opted to one-up this great dare: He wants not just to create his band’s own fanbase but also his own scene. Kinda. Maybe.

Strung Out

Aug. 10 • Thompson House

0 Comments · Monday, August 6, 2012
Strung Out's current tour is dedicated to revisiting those solidly melodic, Heavy Metal-influenced albums, as they'll be playing both front to back nightly — a performance that's sure to fill every thirtysomething dude who still wears cargo shorts and oversized Pulley T-shirts with gooey nostalgia.  

Kendrick Lamar

July 26 • Riverbend Music Center

0 Comments · Monday, July 23, 2012
Having friends in high places never hurts and Kendrick Lamar has the fascinating fortune to boast a friend in a really high place. In a recent interview, the Compton, Calif.-cultivated rapper described Lady Gaga as “a good friend” — a connection solidified by the Pop bigwig making an appearance during Lamar's set at the recent Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.  

Fuck Knights

July 6 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, July 2, 2012
 Even when spoken slurred and quickly, “Fuck Knights” and “Dark Knight” sound only vaguely alike. But do you think we'd let a thing like that derail us from comparing this gang of Garage Punk hellraisers to Batman? Hell no! Let's begin by assessing drinking habits. When ol' Bruce Wayne does alcohol, he likely sips the finest bourbon in Gotham. The Knights seem more likely to be all about dive bars (the ideal venues for their sound) and finding the cheapest well hooch available.  


June 19 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Monday, June 11, 2012
  While Metal shows are havens for certain physical behaviors — headbanging, throwing the horns, grasping for an invisible orange during a particularly juicy guitar solo — smiling while you're playing is not one of them. But that hasn't stopped Steve Brooks. Torche's ringleader doesn't just crack a hint of a happy face during concerts but practically beams.