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Sick of it All, Negative Approach, Repos, Pillage 

When: Sun., Nov. 2, 7 p.m. 2014
Price: $20, $17 in advance
Sick of It All have always prided themselves on their hardcore pride—not unlike the rest of the bands in the tough-guy subgenre to which they belong. The Queens four-piece, led since its founding in 1986 by brothers Lou and Pete Koller, helped blaze a trail for the east-coast scene with an early catalog of gruff, thrashy, metal-tinged hardcore that paired talk of “unity” with a don’t-fuck-with-us attitude. On songs such as “Clobberin’ Time” and “We Stand Alone,” the band proved its unwavering commitment to the idea that hardcore, in all its tank-top-and-camo-shorts glory, is the only kind of music that matters. Fast-forward a couple decades to the new Last Act of Defiance (Century Media), and Sick of It All remain true to their time-tested template of fist-in-the-air, preach-it-loud lyrics and hard-stompin’ breakdowns. The chorus of “Road Less Traveled” includes the lines “We did not choose this / Passion drove us to it / Hardcore is our life now / Born to walk on the road less traveled,” and it ought to reassure fans of the band’s golden-age records (more than 20 years old now) that the water’s just fine for jumping in headfirst. —Kevin Warwick
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