When: Sat., Aug. 25, 9 p.m. 2012
Though Shiner was hanging around during the mid-to-late-90s heyday of alt-rocky posthardcore-ish bands such as Hum and Jawbox, this Kansas City four-piece never broke from the college-radio crowd national 120 Minutes notoriety and a major-label deal. Instead they stuck with small, respected indies—DeSoto, based in Washington, D.C., and run by Jawbox members Bill Barbot and Kim Coletta, released the band's last and best album, The Egg, in 2001. Though that record may have led indirectly to the unfortunate existence of several emocore bands years later, it's a juggernaut with none of the weaknesses of those whiny offspring: its thick and atmospheric mix is colored by the raspy, J. Robbins-esque singing of guitarist-vocalist Allen Epley (now of the Life and Times), which sounds the way genuine pain feels. Shiner has reunited for five shows to promote the vinyl release of The Egg, which inexplicably hasn't happened before because in 2001 records were supposed to be dumb and outdated or something. —Kevin Warwick See also Sunday. Sweet Cobra and Electric Hawk open.