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Fans of Circle Jerks, 7 Seconds, or early-80s hardcore in general should head to the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) on Friday to see Boston's Social Circkle headline a showcase for local label Residue Records. Three Chicago bands—Daylight Robbery, Canadian Rifle, and Phantom Works—open, and two of them are celebrating new vinyl releases.

Daylight Robbery have an LP coming out; the most obvious band to compare them to would be X or maybe Catholic Discipline, but since so few current acts successfully tread that turf, their sound is refreshing even though it's familiar. Canadian Rifle, who are releasing an EP, play typical Chicago punk rock. Think Naked Raygun, the Effigies—that whole lot of hearty, blue-collar-minded bands who once haunted places like Oz and O'Banion's and made art music for the average (albeit angry) man. Canadian Rifle have a similar working-class mentality, and don't seem to feel any need to explain themselves. They owe a debt of influence not just to first-wave midwestern punk but also to bands from the decades since (Leatherface, Jawbreaker, even Hot Water Music), but it's all still beards, guitars, tattoos, and beer. They've been shamefully overlooked so far, but they probably don't give a fuck. I figure they feel the same way as Jim McCann (A/V Murder, White Savage, Baseball Furies), who recently gave me some advice: "You need 400 words to describe punk rock? How about 'It's fun.' Done. Now come drink cheap whiskey." The show starts at 9 PM (or 9:30 if you believe the flyer) and costs $8.

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