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Black Flag, Good for You, Piggy

MATTHEW SINGER
8:30 pm., Thursday July 18 | $25 advance, $30 day of show.
Hawthorne Theatre
1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd.
 
[ORIGINAL HARDCORE] There’s a reason writer Michael Azerrad starts Our Band Could Be Your Life, his indispensable tome on the birth of the American indie-rock underground, with a chapter on Black Flag: If it weren’t for them, the book wouldn’t exist. The group more than just expanded punk’s sonic extremities. In the late 1970s, it redefined what it meant to be a truly independent rock band, blazing a brand-new touring circuit and creating the network that allowed an entire national scene to burgeon and thrive completely off the mainstream radar. On the other hand, in its burly instrumental attack, it also made punk more macho, and in its later years mistook joyless brutality for visceral intensity. (And, of course, they group is the reason Henry Rollins pops up in every music doc made in the last 20 years.) It also doesn’t help that the band has recently gone the way of reformed ’80s casino acts, with two touring variations vying for nostalgia dollars and bickering over rights to the brand. All things considered, though, it’s still Black fucking Flag. Plus, this one’s got guitarist and founding mastermind Greg Ginn, so in that way, at least, it’s legit. 

Where: Hawthorne Theatre
Phone: 233-7100
Address: 1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd.
Website: www.hawthornetheater.com

 
 

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd.
Portland, OR
97214
 
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