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Lydia Lunch

Lydia Lunch

Lydia Lunch's Retrovirus, Toupee, Running, Nones 

When: Thu., June 26, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $15, $13 in advance
Of all the movements that have transformed rock ’n’ roll, none can match no wave for impact out of proportion to actual size. DNA, Mars, the Contortions, and Teenage Jesus & the Jerks—the bands that appear on the scene’s ur-document, the 1978 compilation No New York—didn’t sound much like one another, but they all had short life spans, small discographies, and antagonistic stances toward their audiences. After Teenage Jesus broke up, banshee-voiced singer-guitarist Lydia Lunch quickly moved on. She’s recorded with collaborators as diverse as big-band arranger J. William VerPlanck and industrial bangers Einstürzende Neubauten; she’s written books that expand on Burroughsian themes such as distrust of dominant culture and drug use as subversion; and most recently she’s conducted self-help workshops. But she didn’t revisit the choppy, destructive assault of the Jerks until 2012, when she formed the four-piece Retrovirus—its current lineup includes drummer Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore), bassist Tim Dahl (Child Abuse), and guitarist Weasel Walter (Cellular Chaos, Flying Luttenbachers). The band not only matches the coruscating harshness and gleeful filthiness of Lunch’s earliest music, but also applies it to other phases of her career. Retrovirus sets include tunes by 8 Eyed Spy and Rowland S. Howard, as well as an appropriately hellish cover of Suicide’s “Frankie Teardrop.” —Bill Meyer
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