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Downtown Boys, Sheer Mag

When: Sun., March 6, 8:30 p.m. 2016

Sheer Mag & Downtown Boys

If punk's initial impetus was to reject the form and excess of "classic" rock, Philadelphia's Sheer Mag gleefully discards that tenet. Yes, its acclaimed EPs have arrived via Katorga Works, an imprint known for hardcore, and the band's basement-party production feels in line with DIY punk and slacker garage rock. But in its songs, Sheer Mag betrays the impulsive simplicity its facade puts up, suggesting a scrappy pub rock band taking cues from Thin Lizzy and JEFF the Brotherhood alike. And when Sheer Mag lets its pop flag fly, as on "Fan the Flames," there's a vague feeling of ultra-slick rock bands like Boston, despite the blown-speaker aesthetic. Rhode Island's Downtown Boys bring a nervy, bilingual take on peppy punk that suggests X-Ray Spex and the B-52s. This will be fun. —Bryan C. Reed

KINGS, RALEIGH 8:30 p.m., $10–$12, www.kingsbarcade.com

TUESDAY, MARCH 8

Price: $10-$12

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