When: Wed., Aug. 17, 8 p.m. 2011
Formed in the wake of the UK punk explosion, Belfast's Stiff Little Fingers have never been considered as visionary as the Clash or the Sex Pistols, but they did loud, fast, and pissed off as well as anybody—and they made highly abrasive, extremely catchy pop songs better than almost anyone. Their landmark 1979 debut, Inflammable Material, is packed with tightly coiled, precisely machined tunes that are very close to perfect—"Suspect Device," "Alternative Ulster," "White Noise." Some of the vintage performances you can find online are straight-up searing, and judging from recent YouTube evidence, the current version of the band—despite having lost most of the original members—is still respectably fiery. —Miles Raymer Flatfoot 56 and Rambos open.