HoZac Blackout with Redd Kross, Gentleman Jesse & His Men, Homostupids, Fungi Girls, Teledrome, Pleasure Leftists, and others Agenda Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., May 19, 5 p.m. 2012

When I was new to punk rock I'd see Redd Kross next to Black Flag and the Circle Jerks on reproductions of old LA punk flyers, so I figured they also played hardcore steeped in Cold War nihilism—and that's what I thought I was bringing home when I finally located a copy of their 1982 debut LP, Born Innocent. So I was surprised when what emerged from my speakers was, while snotty enough to read as punk, more similar in sound and attitude to bubblegum bands and The Brady Bunch than to Redd Kross's Hermosa Beach peers. Brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald, the core of Redd Kross's constantly shifting lineup, kept the band active through the 90s (if you ever find a copy of their 1993 EP 2500 Redd Kross Fans Can't Be Wrong, buy it), but even the alt-rock boom failed to bring them mainstream recognition, and they disbanded following the death of guitarist Eddie Kurdziel in 1999. They've been playing together sporadically since the mid-aughts, and are touring again for Born Innocent's 30th birthday, playing songs from that LP and from their 1980 self-titled debut EP—though the current version of Redd Kross is the version from 1987's Neurotica, with the brothers joined by drummer Roy McDonald (no relation) and lead guitarist Robert Hecker. A new album, Researching the Blues (their first since 1997), is due on Merge in August. —Miles Raymer This show is part of the HoZac Blackout. Gentleman Jesse & His Men, Homostupids, Fungi Girls, Teledrome, Pleasure Leftists, Far-Out Fangtooth, Ketamines, the Barreracudas, and White Mystery open.

Miles Raymer

Price: $25

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