was hanging around during the mid-to-late-90s heyday of alt-rocky posthardcore-ish bands such as Hum and Jawbox, this Kansas City four-piece never broke from the college-radio crowd national 120 Minutes
notoriety and a major-label deal. Instead they stuck with small, respected indies—DeSoto
, based in Washington, D.C., and run by Jawbox members Bill Barbot and Kim Coletta, released the band's last and best album, The Egg
, in 2001. Though that record may have led indirectly to the unfortunate existence of several emocore bands years later, it's a juggernaut with none of the weaknesses of those whiny offspring: its thick and atmospheric mix is colored by the raspy, J. Robbins-esque singing of guitarist-vocalist Allen Epley (now of the Life and Times), which sounds the way genuine pain feels. Shiner has reunited for five shows to promote the vinyl release of The Egg
, which inexplicably hasn't happened before because in 2001 records were supposed to be dumb and outdated or something. —Kevin Warwick See also Sunday. Sweet Cobra and Electric Hawk open.