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Gang of Four, Hollerado Recommended Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Fri., Feb. 11, 8 p.m. 2011

The past decade must have been unbelievably validating for Andy Gill and Jon King, the core members of Gang of Four. They entered the 21st century with their brilliant reputation—slightly tarnished, perhaps, by their new-wavey kinda-hit "I Love a Man in Uniform"—largely confined to a tiny, ardent fan base of record geeks, but in the intervening years they've become one of the biggest delayed-reaction influences on independent rock since the Velvet Underground. Back in 2002 the Rapture's heavily GoF-influenced "House of Jealous Lovers" helped start a passionate romance between hipsters and the combo of skritchy punk guitars and danceable disco beats, and it still hasn't been extinguished. This has not only inspired about a million similar-sounding acts, it's also encouraged fans to seek out the bands who pioneered the sound—and as a result, Gang of Four's nearly flawless 1979 debut, Entertainment, has entered seemingly permanent heavy rotation in fashionable bars, boutiques, hair salons, and so on. So what if the January release Content (Yep Roc), the group's first album of new material since 1995, is a somewhat tepid affair that sounds less like an essential Gang of Four record and more like any of several dozen recent efforts by newer bands? Attendance is still highly encouraged, if only for purposes of kissing the postpunk ring. 18+. —Miles Raymer

Price: $28.50

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