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When: Tue., Dec. 3, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $28, $26 in advance
When NOFX released the 18-minute, one-song EP The Decline in 1999, front man Fat Mike flat-out admitted that the band had done it for the sake of trying something different. Because a melodic punk song—especially one by a group that fine-tuned a blazing drumbeat so perfectly that it became the signature of an entire subgenre—isn’t meant to last more than three minutes, and even that’s pushing it. It’s just not natural. But NOFX’s shrugging “We felt like it” response was right in line with how they’d operated for their previous 16 years together. “You think you have our kind of suburban punk all figured out? Up yours, we invented it.” Making The Decline was a snarky, tongue-in-cheek way to make fun of the rules they’d helped establish and in the process create something kind of brilliant. And in case you can’t tell from their album titles (Punk in Drublic, Heavy Petting Zoo, Pump Up the Valuum, and the most recent, last year’s Self Entitled), NOFX has always loved being clever. It’s helped keep the band fresh even as they joke about being chained to a punk caricature of themselves. —Kevin Warwick Implants open.

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