Fleshtones, Goldstars, Teenage Imposters, Tomorrow the Moon, Earth Program Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., June 12, 7 p.m. 2010

Formed in New York in 1976, the Fleshtones have never experienced even a moment of Next Big Thing-ness, and yet they just keep playing. It's like they couldn't stop even if they wanted to. Joe Bonomo's Sweat: The Story of the Fleshtones, America's Garage Band was unputdownable: the people and places who drifted through its pages were memorable, and the story stubbornly refused to stoop to pathos. The Fleshtones have neither been blessed by stardom nor cursed by tragedy—they haven't even had a personnel change since 1990—so to understand the reason for their perseverance you really need to see them do what they do best, which is to play irresistible, timeless fuzzed-up garage-soul. The Australian label Raven Records has just released a collection of their early-to-mid-80s near-hits that should serve as Exhibit A in what a truly great era that was for American rock. —Monica Kendrick

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