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Off!, Cerebral Ballzy, NASA Space Universe 

When: Thu., May 8, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $15
When Off! debuted in 2009, they were the most exciting band on the planet: the greatest front man in the history of Los Angeles hardcore, channeling the glory days of 80s west-coast DIY punk-house culture with three of the sharpest rock musicians around. The songs were excellent, almost as good as the best material Keith Morris had sung with his previous bands, and the band played them with such reckless abandon that you listened on the edge of your seat, waiting for them to fall apart. But weirdly, by the time Off! dropped their self-titled full-length debut in 2012, they’d gotten almost too good. They were so tight and proficient that there was no room left for the heart-racing raggedness of their first seven-inches, and all the songs kind of sounded the same—was it possible that the band had already overstayed their welcome? With this spring’s Wasted Years (Vice), Off! answers that question definitively with 16 tracks that breathe fresh air into their sound, even as they could still pass for vintage Black Flag or Circle Jerks—the tweaks to their formula (noisy guitar solos, hard-as-nails bridge riffs, the occasional midtempo stomp) are small enough to keep the purists happy. Wasted Years earns Off! the title of the best living punk band all over again. —Luca Cimarusti


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