If you're going by the lyrics of Honus Honus, Man Man's impressively mustachioed bandleader, you'd find life a hideous thing full of loss, violence, and submission. There's some emotional bloodletting happening here, but the band wraps its cynicism in a swaying junkyard boogie that counterbalances the pain with a scruffy facade. Smeared with war paint onstage, it might look like the band members are poised to battle their demons, but they remain strangely inviting even at their wildest, like they've nicely asked you to stay and witness their purifying ritual. Go ahead and humor them—it's a spectacle not to be missed. With Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers. 18+. (Photo by Mike Persico)
Mon., May 23, 8 p.m., 2011
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