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Retox

Retox

Dillinger Escape Plan, Trash Talk, Retox, Shining 

When: Fri., April 11, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $23, $21 in advance
Retox is the most recent project of Justin Pearson, the San Diego weirdo-hardcore genius who dominated the city’s underground punk scene from the mid-90s till the mid-aughts—he played in spazzcore bands the Locust, Swing Kids, and Holy Molar and released music from their peers on his label, Three One G. Last spring Retox released YPLL (Epitpah), which pays homage to Pearson’s youthful sound but adds a slightly mature flourish. Pearson has always been one to surround himself with razor-sharp musicians, and they jump into dissonant hardcore acrobatics right out the gate. But the knotty, topsy-turvy blasts and dazzling technical feats are deliberately paced, so they punch harder than anything on a Locust record. The only thing glaringly awkward about YPLL is Pearson himself—he’s got nothing to do up there but sing, and he’s still so fucking sassy that it can be hard to stomach, especially since he’s pushing 40. His high-pitched shriek hasn’t aged at all gracefully—the second he opens his mouth, you can picture him flailing around onstage, an outdated asymmetrical haircut flopping over his baggy eyes and a slight muffin top peeking over his white belt. —Luca Cimarusti The Dillinger Escape Plan headlines; Trash Talk, Retox, and Shining open.

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