Madball 

Thursday, September 29; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)

Madballs -- miniature versions of gore-damaged, slime-splattered heads -- were part of the mid-'80s grotesquerie craze that spawned the Garbage Pail Kids. The toy's ad campaign employed the slogan "Catch them if you dare," which suggested Madballs could turn any sport into a harrowing ordeal. The New York-based band Madball debuted in 1988, near the end of the toy's reign of terror. Agnostic Front-man Roger Miret's younger brother Freddy Cricien heads this crew, which combines positive messages with intimidating intensity. It's an aptly named outfit, because there's nothing pretty about Madball's bludgeoning hardcore or its blistering sets. Catch them if you dare.

Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $12; call 314-621-9333 for more information.

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