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HoZac digs deep for the 2013 Blackout

This year's lovingly curated lineup features power-pop progenitor Dwight Twilley, weirdo sci-fi postpunks Chrome, and lots more.



Local label HoZac retired its Blackout festival with a memorable blowout in 2006, then resuscitated it in 2011; for its third year back, the notoriously rowdy, beer-soaked punk-and-garage party runs for four nights at the Empty Bottle, with a lovingly curated lineup of local and national acts that represents a huge range of generations. The fest kicks off Thu 5/16 with an art show featuring work by Goons, Greg Shirilla, Nick Ryle, and others, plus live music by Ohio underground-rock legends Mike Rep and Tommy Jay, local punky pop band Negative Scanner, and Minneapolis punks the Sleaze. Things kick into high gear Fri 5/17 with a show headlined by old-school Boston punks Unnatural Axe; openers include off-kilter Detroit garage band Tyvek (see Soundboard), Portland noise-­poppers Eat Skull, and South African duo Make-Overs. On Sat 5/18 sci-fi postpunks Chrome (see Soundboard) headline, with support from the likes of Wizzard Sleeve with Mr. Quintron, Florida weirdos Cop City/Chill Pillars, and Pittsburgh noise-rock band FNU Ronnies. The Blackout wraps up Sun 5/19 with power-pop pioneer Dwight Twilley (see Soundboard), long-­running Oak Park power-pop group Pezband, local punks the Sueves, and more.

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