Punk rock and bowling make strange bedfellows at first glance, but the more you think about it, the more the pairing makes sense: Bowling's one of the noisier sports going, you can drink while you play, it's pretty inexpensive, and it's a good excuse to wear ugly shoes. The Triple Rock hosts the 5th Annual Minneapolis Punk Rock Bowling Awards Show this Saturday, where the elite of the city's D.I.Y. 10-pin specialists will show up to throw down (or have a throw-up showdown; it depends on how hairy things get). And what would a punk bowling tournament be without punk rock—in this case, represented by the first Minneapolis appearance in 10 years of the notorious Dwarves. The Dwarves are notorious for their onstage audience-provoking fisticuffs and the fake-death hoax of guitarist HeWhoShallNotBeNamed (which got them thrown off Sub Pop), and while their brand of fast and scuzzy hardcore has grown more hooky and eclectic over the years, they haven't let up in their mission to bring "scum rock" to demented heights. With the Retainers and Getting Even. 21+.
Sat., Sept. 5, 9 p.m., 2009