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After four years of breaking their instruments (and their bones) onstage, teen spaz band XBXRX called it quits in March 2002, when the bassist joined the navy in a failed attempt to impress a girl. (The group's re-formed since with Weasel Walter, aka the Old Guy With the Credit Card, on drums.) During that downtime, XBXRX singer Chris Touchton, aka Vice Cooler, and a friend who goes by 900 Dix formed the fake gay boy band Hawnay Troof. Making no apologies for baby fat or body hair, they'd perform in skimpy skivvies and leather jackets, rapping in misappropriated ebonics about fucking and sucking over hollow preset beats, haunted-house noises, Erase Errata samples, Quintron's Drum Buddy, and Sesame Street-simple keyboard melodies. When Touchton left his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, for Oakland, he temporarily went solo and cultivated a more sporty (but no less revealing) look, and occasionally Quintron would guest star onstage as the Cobra, posturing like a gangsta in roller skates and hot pants. Now that Touchton's girlfriend, Bratmobile vocalist Allison Wolfe (aka Baby Donut), is a permanent member of the band, the homo shtick's kind of ruined. But Touchton is still incredibly, entertainingly offensive, and he knows how to make a crowd sweat. Friday, June 6, 10 PM, Fireside Bowl, 2646 W. Fullerton; 773-486-2700.


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