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Rocket From the Tombs, Plastic Crimewave Sound, Warm Ones Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., Dec. 7, 9:30 p.m. 2011

The music site Spinner recently headlined an article "Rocket From the Tombs Releasing Debut LP Nearly 40 Years After Breaking Up." Which is more or less the truth—the brand-new Barfly (Smog Veil) is the only studio full-length this legendary Cleveland protopunk band has ever made (unless you count 2004's Rocket Redux, which consists of new recordings of old songs). In their original run, they were together for less than a year (1974-'75), but however brief the band's lifespan, "Sonic Reducer" is forever. RFTT members of course kept on in Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys, and the current lineup, sporadically active as a touring outfit since the early 00s, has brought in Television's Richard Lloyd to try to fill the strings of the late Peter Laughner, upping the "supergroup" factor (which was already high, given that David Thomas and Cheetah Chrome are still alive). Barfly doesn't have the patina of punk history, of course, but even without the benefit of reverence and nostalgia it's a damn solid example of Rust Belt misfit brilliance: literate, tuneful, fierce, and with just a hint of Pere Ubu's accidentally regal quality. —Monica Kendrick Plastic Crimewave Sound and the Warm Ones open.

Price: $15

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