Pinhook 5-Year Anniversary Party with Big Freedia, Queen Plz, Play Play

When: Tue., Nov. 5, 9 p.m. 2013

Spreading its five-year anniversary festivities across two events makes logistical sense, as that means The Pinhook gets to celebrate itself twice, with double the number of friends and bands. But The Pinhook's take-all-comers attitude is what really unifies these—and all other—bills on the Durham venue's calendar.

The first night features a Saturday showcase of local rock heavies, headlined by a reanimated Tooth, the bruise-and-bluster punk-sludge quartet that was a tentpole of Durham's emerging scene half a decade ago, and the first band to play The Pinhook's stage (outside of the now-defunct Troika Music Festival). They're joined by Triad instro wizards The Bronzed Chorus and punk veterans The Bastages, whose mix of juvenile humor and political, vitriol draws a straight line to the rise of hardcore in the '80s.

Tuesday brings a marked change of pace, as Big Freedia, the cheerfully androgynous world-record twerker and self-proclaimed Queen of Bounce, headlines and highlights a high-energy dance party. Freedia's music follows all the genre tropes of bounce, an intoxicating collision of rap sloganeering, Mardi Gras chants, EDM and sample-based hip-hop. Her unflagging charisma has made her the genre's most notable ambassador. —Bryan C. Reed

Price: $12

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