Every Time I Die 

8 p.m. Friday, December 14. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

Since Every Time I Die originally stepped out of the metalcore herd by infusing its tracks with Dimebag Darrell fretwork, no description of the group seems to be complete without the use of Southern as an adjective. Through years of refinement, the Buffalo, New York, band is gradually shifting geography, its rock & roll hardcore recalling the '90s circle of San Diego bands that included Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes and Rocket From The Crypt. Today's spin-kick ninja kids don't particularly care about Jehu, but the further west ETID ventures, the fewer banjo intros to sit through before the breakdowns.

Midwest Ties: ETID's recently departed bassist Josh Newton cut his teeth in Kansas City indie bands Shiner and Season to Risk and was a hired gun for Reggie and the Full Effect

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