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Photos: Black Flag goes hard at Union Transfer

Black Flag | Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com
Black Flag | Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com

All photos by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com

On the occasion of its first new music in 28 years, the reformed Black Flag played Union Transfer on Monday night. One version of the proto-punk legends, anyway, and in the eyes of some, the more legit version since it included founding member, guitarist and songwriter Greg Ginn along with early vocalist Ron Reyes. (Non-sticklers – Keith Morris’ Flag plays The Trocadero on September 18th and tickets are available here.) The sold-out crowd also thrashed to opening sets by Good for You, Ginn’s collaboration with Jersey pro skateboarder Mike Vallely, and the Hoboken band True Love. Check out scenes from the show in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Postal Service at The Mann Center, Ian Mclagan at The Tin Angel, Black Flag at Union Transfer

Photo Credit: Brian Tamborello
Photo Credit: Brian Tamborello

They may not have played together since 2003, but this year The Postal Service – the one-off project of Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and Dntel’s Jimmy Tamborello – have reunited for a large tour, including a stop at The Mann Center.  Tonight, you can hear the stunning electronic pop group play songs from their amazing (and only) album Give Up.  With such a great headliner and Ra Ra Riot as the opening band, this is a show you really don’t want to miss.  Click here for more information and tickets.


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What do you think of Black Flag’s first new music in 28 years? (playing Union Transfer 6/17)

BlackFlagHaving released their last record in 1985, Black Flag – whose Greg Ginn-led reunited lineup plays Union Transfer on June 20 – unveiled their first music in 28 years with two new songs this week. First came “Down in the Dirt,” a single in exchange for an email address. Then there’s the newest song, “The Chase,” which features a super low-rent music video and lyrics that are massively vague. Given how young these guys were when they rose to fame, we have to wonder what the original Black Flag fans think of all this recent activity. Check out “The Chase” video below, and let us know your reaction in the comments. Black Flag plays Union Transfer on June 17.

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Download a new Black Flag song, “Down In The Dirt” (playing Union Transfer June 17)

Photo by Robert Kenney
Photo by Robert Kenney

Black Flag have released a new song, “Down In The Dirt,” that you can download in exchange for your e-mail address at their web site here. The song features Ron Reyes on vocals, Greg Ginn on guitar/theramin, My War bassist Dale Nixon on bass, and Gregory AMoore on drums. The band plays Union Transfer on Monday, June 17. Tickets are on sale now here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Misfits at The Trocadero, OFF! at First Unitarian Church, Cuddle Magic With Jesse Sparhawk at Tin Angel, Auctioneer at Kung Fu Necktie, We Juke Up In Here Film Screening

Just in time for Halloween, the Misfits will be continuing their Devil’s Rain tour tonight at The Trocadero. The aggressive New Jersey punk legends released their seventh album Devil’s Rain in 2011. Tickets for the all-ages 8 o’clock show are available here. Watch the video for “Dig Up Her Bones” from the Misfits’ 1997 record American Psycho below.

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TOMORROW: A dueling DJ set from Wigwams and Tresors on XPN2 (playing Kungfu Necktie on Friday)

Adrien Kanter (left) of Trésors and Dan Morse of Wigwams

Call it the Philly-Paris connection. This weekend, the French indie rock band Trésors plays Kungfu Necktie, opening for local four-piece Wigwams. The friendship between both groups of musicians goes a ways back, though, all the way to a European tour in 2005, and tomorrow night they’ll bring it to the airwaves to guest DJ on XPN2 from 5 to 7 p.m. Dan Morse of Wigwams (who you also saw shredding on the North Star stage in our Break it Up photo recap) joined up with Adrien Kanter and Adrien Durand of Trésors to put together a summer music playlist for the 90-whatever degree heat this week. We’ll hear classic jams from Procal Harum and Black Flag, new music from Liars and Arc in Round, and a couple tracks from our guest DJs own bands to get you psyched for the show on Friday night. Listen in tomorrow night, June 21, at 88.5 HD-2 or XPN2.org beginning at 5 p.m.