Photo by Miguel Rosario


Downtown Boys

Sept. 15
7:30 p.m.
Indie Rock, Rock

Downtown Boys’ music has been vital and urgent from the start, even if it took some time for the Providence punks’ songcraft to catch up to their political purposefulness. Their self-titled 2012 debut was raucous to the point of messiness, as singer Victoria Ruiz’s shrieks and shouts obscured the lyrics’ meanings. In 2015, though, Full Communism brought the band wide acclaim, with the blitzing instrumentation and white-hegemony-bashing lyrics of lead single “Monstro” fully encapsulating the band’s MO. Downtown Boys’ new album and first for Sub Pop, Cost of Living, produced by Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, arrived this summer to even more praise. Opening with the band’s anthemic condemnation of Trump’s wall, the album consistently evidences Downtown Boys’ evolution, whether it’s in Ruiz’s increasingly confident vocals (sometimes sung in Spanish), the sharper guitar leads, or the sax playing that distinguishes the band’s attack from otherwise like-minded acts. Kitten Forever and XOXO Tech open.