Naked Raygun 

8 p.m. Saturday, July 28. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

Rarely are the openers for a show as completely appropriate as this one. There's the classic St. Louis punk of Ultraman, which was active and likely played with Naked Raygun during its original '80s heyday. There's the infectious Descendants-style punk of the Humanoids and the hyperactive feel-good skate-punk of Better Days — the members of both bands cut their teeth playing hardcore punk, just as NR did. And hell, Hot Atomics named itself after a Naked Raygun song. It is only appropriate that these bands — some of St. Louis' finest — should open for Chicago's legendary Naked Raygun, one of the earliest purveyors of post-punk, whose melodic sound has influenced countless others.

Thanks, Riot Fest: Naked Raygun's re-formation came about in 2006 at Chicago's Riot Fest. The people behind the fest have since put out a series of new NR singles as well as a DVD. A new LP is also said to be in the band's future.

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