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When: Wed., Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m. 2009

This anarchic Texas-born band has never operated by anything you could call a rule—if you were to study the Butthole Surfers’ nearly 30-year career and try to extrapolate a governing principle from it, I doubt you’d do any better than “Constantly piss off as many people as possible.” Freaking out the squares was the easy part, taken care of with the band’s notoriously messy, lewd, and pyromaniacal live shows and a string of early recordings that crashed punk rock head-on into Yoko Ono’s weirdest records and a heroic quantity of LSD—for my money they’ve never topped 1987’s brilliantly warped Locust Abortion Technician. Enraging people sympathetic to the band was tougher, but the Surfers rose to the occasion: by the mid-90s they were releasing generic alt-rock, and then they squandered their remaining credibility by successfully suing Touch and Go for ownership of their back catalog. If they’re not universally unloved now, it’s thanks to the forgiving glow of nostalgia, not anything they’ve done to redeem themselves. They’re currently touring with the lineup from their late-80s heyday, which is at least not another step backward. This show is part of Riot Fest; the House That Gloria Vanderbilt, the Bomb, and Blackbox open. —Miles Raymer

Price: $24

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