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OFF! stay the course with new Wasted Years LP, play First Unitarian Church on 5/16

OFF! | Photo by Steve Appleford
OFF! | Photo by Steve Appleford

The spectacle of watching the members of seminal punk forefathers Black Flag facing off in court over merchandise sales and brand identity would seem to undercut any claims these aging icons have to latter-day cred. Original vocalist Keith Morris went on to also found a second landmark band, the Circle Jerks, and since last year has fronted the band that the reviled Greg Ginn would prefer you think of as the other Black Flag reunion, simply known as FLAG.

But if big-dollar settlements don’t exactly scream “punk rock,” Morris’ other gig certainly does. OFF! was formed in late 2009 with Burning Brides frontman Dimitri Coats, Redd Kross bassist Steven Shane McDonald, and Rocket From The Crypt drummer Mario Rubalcaba, and over the course of three albums have proved that reinventing the wheel is unnecessary as long as that wheel can still roll over anything in its path. The band’s latest, Wasted Years, takes care of business with 16 songs lasting a brief but exhilarating 23 minutes, only one track stumbling over the two-minute mark. The dreadlocked Morris spits his vitriolic lyrics so convincingly that it’s hard to believe that trademarks are the only thing he’s infringing.  Check out the video for “Red White and Black” off of Wasted Years below – OFF! play the First Unitarian Church this Friday, May 16th.  Tickets and information can be found 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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Five new R5 Productions shows coming soon to a venue near you

Even though the summer will soon come to an end, don’t feel down – R5 Productions just announced five brand new shows for this upcoming fall season. And let me tell you, folks, they’re going to be chock full of cozy musical performances.

First up will be OFF! on October 19th at First Unitarian Church. The super troupe of punk rockers is made up of members of Black Flag, Burning Brides and Hot Snakes. Opening bands include The Spits and Double Negative. Gear up your vocal chords and get stoked for one raging performance.

BOO! A super ghouly and ghostly show will be happening on Halloween (Oct. 31st) featuring The Dead Milkmen, MC Lars and Philadelphia’s own Psychic Teens. The show will be happening at Union Transfer; trick-or-treaters are welcome! Psychic Teens filmed Bands in the Backyard episode recently, watch it below.


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