Wax Museums, Teenage Cool Kids, Big Knife | Cobra Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Wax Museums, Teenage Cool Kids, Big Knife 

When: Tue., Dec. 30, 10 p.m. 2008
These four guys from Denton, Texas, staunchly uphold the time-­honored punk-rock tradition of making bratty, boneheaded immaturity the cornerstone of your aesthetic—their sublime idiocy belongs to a line that stretches back to the Circle Jerks and Red Cross (before they became Redd Kross). The WAX MUSEUMS’ best song—briefly available on the Hozac Records seven-inch “Claw You Like a Cat”—is called “Jakoff Rat,” and its chorus is so perfectly, simply catchy that I’m convinced they stole it. (Either that or it’s just so inevitable that different bands keep writing it.) They have another great one called “Trapped in the Mall.” It’s about being trapped in a mall. Like their forebears, the Museums get by on charm and hooks—I challenge you to find a band that sound like they’re having more fun. Fellow Texans Teenage Cool Kids and Chicagoans Big Knife open. —Miles Raymer

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