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Oblivians, Gories, Running Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Fri., Jan. 1, 9 p.m. 2016

Barflies characterize the drinking that goes down on New Year’s Eve as amateur hour, so who better to soundtrack the night than a band that started out as rank amateurs? When Mick Collins, Danny Kroha, and Peggy O’Neil first formed the Gories in 1986, only Collins could play an instrument. But much like the Cramps reanimated rockabilly, they made a virtue of primitivism, using rawness to shock new life into a cacophonous union of early electric blues, punk, and first-generation garage rock. Rather than ruin a good thing by evolving, the Gories broke up in 1993. They re-formed 16 years later for a victory lap tour with the Oblivians, and they’ve kept at it ever since. The Gories haven’t written any new songs, but the YouTube evidence from recent concerts indicates that rave-ups like “Nitroglycerine” and rhythm workouts like “I Just Wanna Make Love to You” haven’t been mucked up with flash or good taste.

Bill Meyer

Price: $25

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