Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought out to their fullest potential (in a positive way). These are my recommendations for great local and national bands that don't play five-minute (marathon!) songs or remind you about drink specials. General rule of thumb: If you have five bucks and can show up by 9 pm., then it's go time in the pit. One, Two, Fuck You!
[Disclosure: The author of this article is in bands, some of which will be playing some the following shows. But the author of this article is in five (maybe six now? I can't keep up) local punk bands, so that is kind of an inevitability. It does not influence the choosing of these shows.]
EWB's new tape on Encapsulated Records is on it's way to your stereo as we speak. You can get one tonight directly from the band, just don't let it burn your hands from how pipin' hot off the presses it is. The Lion's Daughter is going to make you wish you never even attempted to learn to play guitar, bass, drums or screams because its members have nicer equipment and are better than you at it. Jack Buck will abrasively confuse you with loud, distorted time changes and great stage banter. White Fire's riffs will get your brain synapses high enough to think you're stuck in a video game. Matt Questionmark is going to recite confusing and titillating poetry/notions/rants at you while your brain shits it's pants. Fun, terrifying night ahead for everyone involved.