HoZac Blackout Fest: Real Kids, Cozy, Platinum Boys, Mama | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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HoZac Blackout Fest: Real Kids, Cozy, Platinum Boys, Mama 

When: Fri., May 15, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $20, $40 for three-day pass
Known primarily as the front man and founder of Boston’s the Real Kids, John Felice is also known as the guy who alongside his chum Jonathan Richman helped forge the Modern Lovers at the ripe age of 15, as well as the guy who in the early 70s turned down a chance to join the Heartbreakers and play guitar alongside Johnny Thunders. The latter two precipitated the former—and the early punk canon is better for it. Because though the Real Kids’ hooky, power-pop-driven variety of punk never broke through in the States (they did experience some success in France), Felice was much too big a personality to play sideman. His bravado is smeared all over the band’s self-titled classic from 1977, the year punk became self-aware: the driving, stripped-down, flat-out timeless single “All Kindsa Girls” both flaunts the gaspy melody in Felice’s voice and features the understated snottiness and hard-nosed east-coast attitude that only get louder on tracks like “Taxi Boys” and “She’s Alright.” But despite being anchored by a power-pop title track destined for singledom, their 1982 follow-up, Outta Place, came and went without much fanfare, and the Real Kids split off in different directions. Comps and reissued singles still trickled out here and there over the years, and then in 2014, Felice and company dropped their first album in some three decades, Shake . . . Outta Control (Ace of Hearts). Tonight marks their first show in Chicago since 2002. —Kevin Warwick

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