Recommended Shows!

88 Fingers Louie at Metro, August 26

So what if former members went on to play in Rise Against and Alkaline Trio, 88FL are everything you could possibly want in a local punk band: they're loud, fast and always thiiiiis close to beating each other up or, at the very minimum, urinating on the singer. In other words, a total must-see.

The Fantastic Plastics at Beat Kitchen, September 17

You always say "This is the year I start going to see new bands" and get out of that rut you're in. Well, The Fantastic Plastics make it easy for you because they sound exactly how they look and, well, they look like they fucking rock, which is pretty much a must for any band kicking ass and taking names on this summers' Warped Tour, where the band many many new friends and fans.

The Bronx at Subterranean, October 11

With five self-titled albums to their credit, not counting the three self-titled albums they've released as Mariachi El Bronx, the Bronx have become the Peter Gabriel of American hardcore. Don't mistake consistency with complacency, though, as the band remains as explosive as ever with the addition of new drummer David Hidalgo, Jr. (also drummer in Social Distortion and son of Los Lobos' David Hidalgo).

The War On Drugs at Aragon Ballroom, October 19

If you haven't yet caught wind of this Philly sextet, you'll need to wrap your ears around their latest album A Deeper Understanding, due August 25, so you don't miss the chance to catch them at one of the city's most unique venues. Note: This show was moved from Riviera, tickets to that show will be honored.

Nick Lowe's Quality Rock & Roll Revue, Los Straitjackets at Lincoln Hall, October 31

Okay, let's see, you get to see Nick Lowe AND Los Straitjackets in the same place on the same night and that night just so happens to be Halloween night? Yes, please!

Gary Numan at Thalia Hall, November 29

The ageless synth pioneer returns to town for the first time since last year's three-night Metro stand that saw him performing 'Pleasure Principle' and two other prime-era albums in their entirety. His new album is predictably full of distorted beeps and blips that, sadly, sound a little too "in the box" at times, but bonus points to the man for continuing to move forward as fans will gather on Nov. 29 in hopes of being transported back to 1980.

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