KatJonBand All Ages Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Sept. 20, 1:15 p.m. 2008

Lately Jon Langford is so deep into American roots music that his duo with drummer Katherina Bornefeld of Dutch anarcho-punks the Ex might seem out of character. But Langford was one of punk rock’s earliest visionaries, in both the Mekons and the Three Johns, and in fact produced some of the Ex’s best albums in the 80s—the Mekons and the Ex have even covered each other’s songs. When the Ex celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2004, the band invited Langford to emcee; he played an impromptu set with Bornefeld, and as KatJonBand they’ve just released their self-titled debut on Carrot Top. Langford weaves threads of early rock and country into the music’s coarse fabric, but by and large he plays the nastiest, punkiest guitar he has in years, driven by Bornefeld’s simple, circular tribal beats. In the Ex her occasional turns on the mike inject melody into the band’s riff-and-rhythm-dominated music, and here she gets plenty of chances to sing; “Bad Apples” sounds like an alternate-universe “White Rabbit.” But the clearest bond between Langford and Bornefeld is political—it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out whose imperialist endeavor they’re indicting when they sing “You break it / You buy / Your country / Bye-bye.” This set is part of the Hideout Block Party. —Peter Margasak

Price: $25, $45 for a two-day pass

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