Defiance, Ohio

8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center (3301 Lemp Avenue).

The college towns of Bloomington, Indiana, and Athens, Georgia (and former timber town Eureka, California) may not seem like revolution hotspots. But don't tell that to riot-folk troubadours Defiance, Ohio, whose members hail from these cities — and try to practice the politics they preach by staying involved with a nonprofit bookstore and community center, an independent record store, and other community-building activities. Equally influenced by Woody Guthrie and Black Flag — and buoyed by dueling boy-girl vocals — the band departed from DIY label Plan-It-X to No Idea for its latest release, The Great Depression, whose earnest songs range from political criticism of a war president (jangly country gem "The New World Order") to upbeat punk celebrations of skateboarding ("This Feels Better") to folk ballads about suburban sprawl ("Oh, Susquehanna!").

 
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