The high-octane punk quintet Ceremony rolled out of Rohnert Park, California, in the middle of the past decade and quickly set the music scene ablaze with their incendiary sound. The group recently left behind their faithful, longtime label, Bridge 9, in favor of indie stalwart Matador Records, which released the band's potent new album, Zoo, a fiery collection of clean, cohesive punk-rock songs. Ross Farrar's sneering vocals are reminiscent of the raw fury of Johnny Rotten, just with more urgent contemporary concerns than the Queen, while the crisp, angular guitars that churn at the heart of Ceremony's turbulent songs contain plenty of echoes of Wire's most volatile material. With White Lung and Much Worse. All ages. (Photo by Jimmy Fontaine)
Tue., June 19, 5 p.m., 2012

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