Triple Rock Social Club

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+. $14. 8 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399. —Peter S. Scholtes


Social Distortion

First Avenue

The Temper Trap, looking too cool for school
The Temper Trap, looking too cool for school
Indie doll Sufjan Stevens
Marzuki Stevens
Indie doll Sufjan Stevens

Location Info


The Varsity Theater

1308 4th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: University

When Mike Ness started Social Distortion in 1979, it was one of the very first West Coast punk rock bands. Now, the term "punk rock" doesn't seem to fit Social D; at least, not entirely. It's still very much a part of what they do, but the group has such obvious roots in country, blues, and good ol' classic rock that it feels like the genre they helped establish is now another influence, a facet of a sound that embodies outlaw Americana. Ness has had more than his fair share of hard living and heartbreak, and it's all been funneled into a catalog of songs that play like a hymnal for those who never thought much of following the rules. That sense of defiance has earned Social D its place, not just in terms of punk, but in the larger context of American rock 'n' roll. For decades, Ness held up his damaged icons for the whole world to see, and in the process, became one himself. With Lucero and Frank Turner. 18+. $30. 7 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. —Ian Traas

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