When: Mon., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. 2012
At their root, the songs on Bad Sports’ latest, Kings of the Weekend (Dirtnap), are pure bubblegum pop—albeit bubblegum pop for the leather-clad, chain-swinging crowd. Sometimes these guys from Denton, Texas, brilliantly blend hardcore fury and power pop a la the Buzzcocks, but they really shine when they sing about teenagers dancing in the street or about how they “really, really, really, really want this girl.” Sure, it’s cute and campy, but they bombard the cuteness with heavy drums, thick distortion, and tough-guy swagger; these aren’t pretty boys trying to woo the ladies, they’re bad kids fixin’ to steal your girlfriend. Bad Sports’ rowdy songs practically beg you to dance and holler along while hoisting a can of beer over your head. Given that you’ll probably have a snoot full of cheap champagne before like-minded Texans the Marked Men hit the stage for their headlining set—this is a New Year’s Eve show, after all—bad decisions are bound to be made. Just try not to get arrested. —Luca Cimarusti The Marked Men headline; Bad Sports and Terrible Twos open.