With their Minutemen bass lyricism, Zappa attitude, and Fugazi sense of lockstep rhythm, Vancouver's Nomeansno are a post-hardcore cult-prog dream band that most Rush and Primus fans have never heard and really should. But they also write punk's shout-along version of great pop songs, so that comparisons to mutual admirers Mission of Burma don't end with the noisy stuff. Like Burma, they've stayed dynamic, surprising, and ferociously energetic in middle age, though more as a great live band than anything else. They're touring behind a free download of outtakes from their 1991 album, 0 + 2 = 1, titled 0 + 2 = 1 1/2. With Ford Pier. 18+.
Sun., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., 2010