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Brendan Kelly, Kevin Seconds 18+ Soundboard

When: Sat., June 25, 10 p.m. 2011

You couldn't have blowtorched the grin off my face as I watched immortal youth-crew superheroes 7 Seconds tear through their 30-year-deep catalog of hardcore punk last month. The setting was the resurrected Krazy Fest in Louisville, which proved to be a shell of its former self, but hearing a 50-year-old, out-of-shape Kevin Seconds belt out "I'm gonna stay young until I die!" (from their 1984 debut LP The Crew) made the whole weekend worth it. Though the band rarely plays out these days—the Krazy Fest show was its first in six years—Seconds has a prolific solo career, often sharing bills with popular punk front men turned solo singer-songwriters, all of whom likely bought a 7 Seconds record or two in their younger days (Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music, Tim Barry of Avail, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio). He's made relatively poppy, melodic music since setting out on his own in '89, on the heels of 7 Seconds' Soulforce Revolution—a record that alienated some loyalists by deviating from the band's hardcore roots. His latest album, 2010's Good Luck Buttons (Asian Man), is mostly catchy acoustic yarns tinged with alt-country. —Kevin Warwick 18+

Price: $10

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