When: Fri., Oct. 4, 9 p.m. 2013
When I looked into the history of perpetually black-leather-clad Nagasaki three-piece Guitar Wolf, I was shocked to discover that they’ve been around for nearly 30 years (according to Wikipedia, they formed in 1987). I first heard them in 1995, when Matador released Missile Me!, and somehow it hadn’t occurred to me that they’d even made music before that—partly because their sound has barely changed in the years since. It was and apparently always will be a hodgepodge of Ramones punk, garage rock, and rockabilly that sounds like it’s pumping through beat-up speaker cabinets the band borrowed from Les Rallizes Denudes. Bassist Hideaki “Billy” Sekiguchi (aka Bass Wolf—guess what the guitarist and drummer call themselves) died in 2005, but 2007’s Dead Rock, with current bassist U.G., is one of their best albums. Plus you’ve got to give Guitar Wolf credit for getting to the whole “band name with ‘wolf’ in it” thing before Wolf Parade, Wolf Eyes, AIDS Wolf, and all the others—none of whom can touch this stalwart, goofy, kick-ass trio. —Tal Rosenberg Coathangers, Rabble Rabble, Vlllage, and Coward open.
Price: $15, $13 in advance