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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tonight in Music: The Last Fix Ever, Guttermouth, Old Wars

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 2:58 PM


THE FIX FAREWELL: MASEO, REV. SHINES, DJ KEZ, RICH MEDINA, OHMEGA WATTS, DUNDIGGY
(Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) After five glorious years of ass-shakin' shenanigans, hiphop dance party The Fix is going out in style. Join the gang for the final Fix ever with Rev. Shines, DJ Kez, Ohmega Watts, Dundiggy, and special guests Maseo of De La Soul and Rich Medina! Dance! WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY


GUTTERMOUTH, BOLDTYPE, RENDERED USELESS, THE UNCIVIL
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) There was a time when the molasses haze of youth tricked me into thinking that Guttermouth was the best punk rock band of the 1990s. A string of immature SoCal skate-punk releases—peaking with 1997's Musical Monkey—on venerable label Nitro introduced the burgeoning Warped Tour world to snotty songs about donkeys, telling your mom to fuck off, and making fun of pretty much everything. Singer Mark Adkins' on- and off-stage insanity spoke to the 'tude of a sassy, drug-addled toddler, which propelled the group into pseudo-legendary status even as their brief wave of popularity began to crest. With their 10th album Shave the Planet and 20 years under their belts, Guttermouth now, oddly enough, have earned a fond, fiery nostalgia, which is certain to bring aging punkers and skate-rats out in droves. RYAN J. PRADO


COASTING, OLD WARS, PLEASSURE
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) After crawling through the muddy trenches of post-punk, Old Wars have emerged with only a rhythm section and each other. Their battle wounds are apparent on Broken Bones, a dark and fuzzy debut oozing with confidence. Sounding pissed off is easy, but Old Wars have opted instead for the mysterious, conveyed by Jen Moon's sludgy bass and alienated lyrics against the backdrop of Kathy Mendonca's pounding drums. Moon's voice carries the full weight of the unexpected, surprisingly poppy melodies. This doesn't seem to be a challenge for her, as she's an outstanding rock-and-roll singer, with a delivery along the lines of Karen O or Siouxsie Sioux. It's hard to say whether the duo's drum-bass-vocals lineup will sustain them for the long haul, but for now, it's carrying them just fine. REBECCA WILSON

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