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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Hunx And His Punx at Johnny Brenda’s

Photo by Daniel Pitout

These days, Hunx And His Punx would probably be better off using the moniker Hunx And His Punkettes. Since early 2010, Hunx (the alias of frontman Seth Bogart) has led a backing band of female musicians on a retro-themed whirlwind. Taking ’60s girl-group pop and early greaser rock n’ roll as touchstones, his latest album, Too Young To Be In Love, is all about young love spurned and returned (and sweet vocal harmonies). It should come as no surprise that the album was recorded in the same studio once haunted by Ronnie Spector, an idol of Bogart’s. Too Young To Be In Love represents a cohesive and creative leap forward for Hunx and his gang. Hunx And His Punx performs with K-Holes and The Eeries at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hunx And His Punx at Kung Fu Necktie

Hunx And His Punx
Hunx And His Punx

From the young-love lyrics to the doo-wop backing vocals, Hunx And His Punx has all the trappings of a ’60s girl group—except it’s led by a shirtless, mustachioed front man. Seth Bogart, a former member of the lyrically explicit band Gravy Train!!!!, has said he formed Hunx And His Punx to play sad breakup songs and cheery love songs; the music isn’t necessarily meant to be taken too seriously, but Bogart is serious about his performance of them. He screams until his childlike voice is hoarse, dressed in zebra Speedos or sequined vests. The Punx are currently his main project, but he’s got a lot going on: he owns a nail salon/vintage record store in San Francisco, he’s working on an online variety show called Hollywood Nails, and his song “Gimmie Gimmie Back Your Love” somehow found its way into a LensCrafters commercial. Hunx And His Punx performs with Shannon And The Clams, Dry Feet, and DJ Dennis Wolffang at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $8. —Dave Simpson