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THE PRETTY FACES OF BURGER BOOGALOO 2017

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While folks ostensibly attend Oakland’s Burger Boogaloo for the music (relive the magic of Day 2 here), a big part of the fun is running into old friends and making new ones, as well as simply watching the diverse parade of colorful, sometimes zany festival-goers. Here are some of the friendly faces we encountered when we weren’t running between the Butt City stage and the Gone Shrimpin’ amphitheater.

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Burger Boogaloo 2017: Day 2 Recap

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Now a summertime staple for many aficionados of trashy punk and rock’n’roll, Oakland’s two-day Burger Boogaloo music festival celebrated its fifth incarnation by bringing the Godfather of Punk Iggy Pop; punk legends the Buzzcocks, X, and Redd Kross; and leather-clad jet rockers Guitar Wolf to humble Mosswood Park. Rulebreaker, filmmaker, and wordsmith John Waters returned to deliver his now-highly anticipated band introductions, as did co-emcee Chuck Ribak and his arsenal of charming dad jokes (he is, after all, the father of Boogaloo mastermind Marc Ribak). (To witness the evolution of this Total Trash Productions and Burger Records love child, or simply relive the magic, visit our posts from 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016).

The first day saw Iggy, Guitar Wolf, Redd Kross, the Losin’ Streaks, and Wounded Lion annihilate the Butt City stage, while acts like Nobunny, Bloodshot Bill, Baby Shakes, and Personal and the Pizzas packed the toe-lovin’ Gone Shrimpin’ amphitheater. Unfortunately for us, our cameras were needed elsewhere that epic day but Aaron Rubin’s photos are incredible (check them out here).

Luckily, we were available to capture the filth and frivolity of Day 2, including performances by the Buzzcocks, X, Shannon & the Clams, and La Luz. Here are some of our favorite moments. (See the many faces of the Boogaloo here.)

GLITTER WIZARD

These local lads channeled early Sabbath and Stonehenge for their hairflinger of a set. (The Otter Pop aftermath was a welcome surprise.)
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ROY LONEY

Flamin’ Groovies co-founder and his crew cranked out both FG and Phantom Movers classics like “Teenage Head” and “Don’t Believe Those Lies.”
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JACUZZI BOYS

Fuzzed-out toe-tappers by this Miami trio
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LA LUZ

Recently relocated to Los Angeles, former Seattleites La Luz dazzled with their shimmery surf tracks.
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Keyboardist Terry Adams and co. satisfied old and new fans alike with originals and covers.
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QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT

A cute puppet show kicked off this New Orleans duo’s fun-filled performance, which included an explosion of colorful balloons.
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FM KNIVES

Veteran Sacramento/Bay Area punks were as snotty as ever.
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SHANNON & THE CLAMS

The Oakland darlings and Boogaloo veterans’ sparkling set was punctuated by stagedivers and crowdsurfers galore, including Pookie of the Poodles.
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Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake tore up Butt City with hits such as “We’re Desperate,” “Los Angeles,” and “Johnny Hit and Run Paulene.”
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THE BUZZCOCKS

The crowd went wild for “Orgasm Addict,” “Noise Annoys,” “Boredom,” and other gems by this influential band. One lucky couple somehow managed to climb above the chaos!
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JetLag RocknRoll: Rome Travel Guide

Roman musicians Giuda, Plutonium Baby, and Marco Sannino & Valentina Pedone (of Radiation Records, TJ & the Lipstix, Anti You, the Intellectuals, and more) take you on a colorful rocknroll tour of the Eternal City, sharing their favorite sights, restaurants, bars, record stores, clubs, and more. Map should appear at the end of the page but can also be accessed here.

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  • Ramble through the open-air museum that is Rome’s downtown, starting your walk with fantastic views of the city from Villa Medici.
  • Peek through the keyhole of the Malta Embassy (Knights of Malta keyhole) for a special look at St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Engage with dynamic contemporary art at Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove (MAAM; Museum of the Other and the Elsewhere), a former-sausage-factory-turned-squat in the suburbs of Rome.
  • Marvel at larger-than-life street art in the neighborhoods of Ostiense, Testaccio, Pigneto, and San Lorenzo; the towering murals at Tor Marancia; and street art in and around Forte Prenestino, a 19th-century fort that houses Rome’s oldest squat.
  • Explore the EUR district and its imposing Fascist-era architecture and sculptures.
  • Escape the tourist hordes for herds of sheep and plenty of space (and ancient ruins!) at sprawling Parco della Caffarella (Caffarella Park), located along the Appian Way.
  • Enjoy a walk, jog, bike ride, or picnic amid 1st-century aqueducts and other crumbling structures at Parco degli Acquedotti (Aqueduct Park).
  • Admire the whimsical, early- 20th-century creations of architect Gino Coppedè at Quartiere Coppedè.

EAT

  • Thin, crunchy pizza romana at Pizzeria Pepito’s (Via degli Stradivari 17), especially the one with just tomato sauce and olive oil
  • Classic Roman cuisine, such as pasta alla gricia, at Osteria Bonelli (Viale dell’Acquedotto Alessandrino 172) in Torpignattara, a neighborhood just beyond the city center
  • Sicilian favorites at La Confraternita dell’Uva (Via Augusto Dulceri 56)
  • Fresh vegan dishes at So What?!? (Via Ettore Giovenale 56)
  • Whipped-cream-laden Roman buns (maritozzi) and other indulgent delights at late-night-favorite Il Maritozzaro (Via Ettore Rolli 50)

SHOP

ROCK

  • Fanfulla (Via Fanfulla da Lodi 5/A); ARCI membership required and is available for purchase onsite
  • 30 Formiche (Via del Mandrione 3); ARCI membership required and is available for purchase onsite

DRINK

  • Note: “Bars” in Italy serve alcohol but operate more like cafés/coffee houses, serving coffee and other nonalcoholic beverages as well as pastries for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch. For nighttime drinking establishments, head to the Pigneto and San Lorenzo neighborhoods and look for signs that say “enoteca” and “birreria” in addition to “pub,” “wine bar,” and “cocktail bar.”
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  • Enoteca at Forte Prenestino (Via Federico Delpino); Enotica wine festival takes place each March

FEATURED BAND PERFORMANCES (in order of appearance)

Giuda at Thee Parkside, San Francisco
Giuda at Orion Club (courtesy of Marco Marcxramone Colasanti)
Plutonium Baby at Hellnation Records
Plutonium Baby at Traffic (courtesy of Marco Marcxramone Colasanti)
Anti You at Fanfulla (courtesy of Marco Marcxramone Colasanti)
TJ & the Lipstix at Human Audio, Stockholm (courtesy of Wellington Calasans)
TJ & the Lipstix at Fanfulla (courtesy of Marco Marcxramone Colasanti)
Bloody Riot at Forte Prenestino (courtesy of Marco Marcxramone Colasanti)
Partime Lovers at 30 Formiche
Human Race at Monk (courtesy of Marco Marcxramone Colasanti)
Plutonium Baby at 30 Formiche (courtesy of Marco Marcxramone Colasanti)
Gioventù Bruciata at Forte Prenestino (courtesy of Marco Marcxramone Colasanti)
Mark Di Giuseppe/Trashman Blues at Porta Portese Flea Market

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The Intellectuals (courtesy of Marco Marcxramone Colasanti)
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JetLag RocknRoll: Brooklyn Travel Guide

Brooklyn musicians Daddy Long Legs, Baby Shakes, the Mystery Lights, and Andy Shernoff of the legendary Dictators take you on a colorful rocknroll tour of the most densely populated borough of New York City, sharing their favorite sights, restaurants, bars, record stores, clubs, and more. Map should appear at the end of the page but can also be accessed here.

DO

  • Catch some rays, waves, and the Cyclone at Coney Island (but avoid the Coney Island whitefish at all costs!).
  • Explore Brooklyn’s many historical immigrant enclaves, such as the Russian and Turkish communities in Brighton Beach (pick up some snacks at Brighton Bazaar) and Chinatown in Sunset Park.
  • Recharge with fresh air and tree-lined strolls at Prospect Park.
  • Soak up incredible views of Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park.

EAT

  • A cornucopia of Latin American eats at the Red Hook ball fields, where food trucks serve up huaraches, pupusas, tacos, and more on weekends
  • Vietnamese staples such as rice bowls, banh mi, and pho with a modern twist at Little Mo (1158 Myrtle Ave.)
  • Niçoise-style thin-crust pizza at Nice Pizza (340 Franklin Ave.)
  • Not-so-fast fast food (burgers, roast beef sandwiches, cheese fries) paired with champagne at the time warp that is Roll n Roaster (2901 Emmons Ave.)
  • Cheap handmade dumplings, noodles, and sesame pancake sandwiches at Vanessa’s Dumpling House (310 Bedford Ave.)
  • Asian-fusion snacks (Peking buns, Korean tacos) at Snacky (187 Grand St.)
  • Tacos, taquitos, tostadas, and more at tortilla-factory-cum-cafeteria Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos (271 Starr St.)
  • Classic New York Italian food and martinis at Bamonte’s (32 Withers St.)
  • Spicy lamb burgers and hand-pulled noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods ( 648 Manhattan Ave.)

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FEATURED BAND PERFORMANCES (in order of appearance)

Mystery Lights at Our Wicked Lady
Baby Shakes at White Trash Fast Food, Berlin, Germany (filmed by anonymous)
Mystery Lights at Baby’s All Right
Daddy Long Legs at Brooklyn Bazaar (courtesy of Tommy Rockstar)
Baby Shakes at Union Pool (courtesy of Matt Clarke)
Baby Shakes at Grand Victory (courtesy of Pedro Acosta Perez)
Roya at Union Pool
Musk at Union Pool
Mark Sultan at Union Pool

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JetLag RocknRoll: Osaka Travel Guide

Revel in the sights and sounds of Osaka, Japan, with Kenji Kodama (of longtime Osaka record label Time Bomb Records) and the King Brothers, rock’n’roll madmen from neighboring Nishinomiya who’ve been banned from Osaka nightclubs on more than one occasion. Map should appear at the end of the page but can also be accessed here.

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  • Gawk at the three faces of the Tower of the Sun (Taiyou No Tou), erected for the 1970 Japan World Exposition.
  • Explore the odds and ends of Misono Building.
  • Step back in time at Shinsekai (“New World”), a neighborhood that has been revamped very little since it was built in 1912.
  • Embark on daytrips to other parts of the Kansai/Kinki region, such as Kyoto and Nara.

EAT

  • Yakiniku (grilled meat) and sushi in Tsuruhashi, Osaka’s Korea Town
  • Takoyaki (battered balls of octopus) at Hiroshi’s Takoyaki, next to Lub Lab recording studio in Nihonbashi.
  • Seafood, vegetables, and other Japanese staples at izakaya-style Ajisai

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FEATURED BAND PERFORMANCES (in order of appearance)

King Brothers at Earthdom, Tokyo
The Gypsies in Osaka
Don Matsuo at Hard Rain, Osaka
White Mystery at Hard Rain, Osaka
Momo & Jeho at Corner Stone Bar, Osaka
Juggling Dub’s at Namba Mele, Osaka (courtesy of Ben Knights)
Foodie at Namba Bears, Osaka (courtesy of Itaru Shiozaki)
The Wimpy’s at Namba Bears, Osaka (courtesy of Beccee Takeuchi)

JetLag RocknRoll: Chicago Travel Guide

Chicago musicians Jered Gummere (the Ponys, Bare Mutants), Alex White (White Mystery), Nobunny, and Chris DeArcangelis (Mama) take you on a rocknroll tour through the Windy City, sharing their favorite sights, restaurants, bars, record stores, clubs, and more. Respectively, they’ve lived in Chicago since 1996, 1985, undisclosed, and 1984.

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  • Drive south down Lake Shore Drive towards Chicago’s dazzling downtown skyline.
  • Explore the city via the convenient and ubiquitous network of “L” trains.
  • Soak up the scene at Lake Michigan.
  • Wander around downtown and stop in extra-divey dive bars such as Rossi’s (412 N. State St.).
  • Get inspired (and a cheap lunch) at the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave.).
  • Order a drink to go with your view at Cindy’s (12 S. Michigan Ave.).
  • Sign up for a wild and wacky time on Chic-A-Go-Go!, a public-access TV dance show.

EAT

  • Hot dogs, Italian beefs, and cheese fries in a taco shell bowl 24 hours a day at Susie’s Drive Thru (4126 W. Montrose Ave.)
  • Hot dogs at Byron’s (1017 W. Irving Park Rd.)
  • Seasonal contemporary cuisine at Lula Cafe (2537 N. Kedzie Ave.)
  • Vegetarian and vegan fare (with real vegetables!) at Ground Control (3315 W. Armitage Ave.)
  • Hearty cuts of meat in a classic Chicago steakhouse at Gene & Georgetti (500 N. Franklin St.)

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FEATURED BAND PERFORMANCES (in order of appearance)

Nobunny at SF Eagle, San Francisco
The Ponys at Empty Bottle, Chicago
White Mystery at Do312’s Rock ‘N Roll Market, Chicago
White Mystery at Hard Rain, Osaka, Japan
Mama at Empty Bottle, Chicago
The Rubs at Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago
Wreckless Eric at The Owl, Chicago
Shannon & the Clams at Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago
Bolzen Beer Band at The Radler, Chicago
Nones at Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles, Chicago

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Platinum Boys
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Redd Kross
Davila 666
Cozy
Roky Erickson
Real Kids

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Cochino y Los Pistoleros
Lady Parts with Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor
Coyote Riot

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JetLag RocknRoll Sidetrip: Hiroshima & Miyajima/Itsukushima (Japan)

Perhaps best known as the site of the first use of the atomic bomb during the final stage of World War II, Hiroshima is roughly 4 hours from Tokyo and 1.5 hours from Osaka via bullet train (shinkansen) and a worthwhile one- or two-day stop. The must-visit Peace Memorial Museum provides a sobering, detailed look at the devastation, while the surrounding park is dotted with monuments, memorials, and ruins. Hiroshima Castle, originally built in the 1590s but destroyed during the atomic blast, was rebuilt in 1958 and is now a museum dedicated to Hiroshima’s pre-WWII history. It’s lit up beautifully at night.

Although okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake prepared with various ingredients, is available throughout Japan, Hiroshima has its own style—layered rather than mixed, and with noodles and considerably more cabbage than the traditional Osaka offering. You can try multiple kinds at Okonomimura, which boasts 25 okonomiyaki specialists spanning three floors.

When you’re in Hiroshima, consider an easy day trip to the island of Miyajima/Itsukushima, which requires a train ride to Miyajimaguchi and then a ferry ride. One of the first things you notice during the ride toward the island is the gigantic vermilion torii (traditional Shinto gate) rising out of the water. The first thing you’ll probably notice after getting off the ferry is all the tame deer wandering around. Watch out, though—they’ll eat just about anything you have! Paper is a particular treat for them and we watched one daring deer pluck a paper pass right out of someone’s back pocket and consume it within seconds. Any unattended bags will definitely be rummaged through.

As for feeding yourself, there are quite a few options. The most popular is oysters, which are cooked up many ways. Steamed buns filled with pork, eel, and other savory goodies are hard to resist, as are sweet maple leaf–shaped cakes (momiji manju) stuffed with red bean, chocolate, custard, cheese, chestnut, and even ice cream. If you’re looking for a customized rice paddle with your face on it, this is the place to get it.

The hiking on the island is likely amazing but we took the Miyajima Ropeway up to Mt. Misen for panoramic views of the Seto Inland Sea to make sure that we didn’t miss the sun set behind the famous torii. The bright warm hue of the torii against the dusky early-evening sky is really something to behold. When the torii’s uplights switch on, its glow against the dark backdrop is simply magical and apparently the “boundary between the spirit and the human world.” Nature lovers might want to consider coming back an extra day to really explore its beauty.


FOOD NOTE: If you’re traveling to Hiroshima from Tokyo, save your appetite for the fancy food court at Shinagawa Station. We had some of the best sushi ever from a takeout onigiri (rice balls) stand there that also sold boxed sushi. After watching several chefs in the back furiously but meticulously slicing the fish and constructing the pieces, we grabbed two “deluxe bowls” as they were brought out and couldn’t believe how good they were. Next time we’re in Tokyo, we might make a special trip there just to chow down!


 

JetLag RocknRoll: Tokyo Travel Guide

Legendary Tokyo rockers Seiji (Guitar Wolf), the 5.6.7.8’s, and Fifi (Teengenerate, Firestarter, the Tweezers) take you on a tour of their sprawling hometown, stepping off the beaten path to share their favorite restaurants, bars, record stores, clubs, and more. Map should appear at the end of the page but can also be accessed here.

DO

  • Step back in time at Asakusa, home to shrines, temples, and tasty food vendors. Stop by Marubell to browse their collection of photos of old Japanese movie stars (burobaido).
  • Experience a re-creation of old-timey Tokyo as well as countless bowls of ramen at Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum.
  • Stroll and eat your way through Yokohama Chinatown, the largest Chinatown in Japan.
  • Soak up the unique atmosphere of American military base towns such as Fussa.
  • Explore the dark, narrow paths of Harmonica Yokocho (Harmonica Street) and its warren of shops, bars, and restaurants.

EAT

  • Many different styles of ramen at the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum. Seiji recommends Sumire’s rich Hokkaido miso ramen in particular.
  • Soba and kakiage at Yabusoba in Kanda
  • Classic ramen, fried rice, and Chinese fare at Mintei in Shimokitazawa
  • DIY okonomiyaki (savory Japanese pancake/omelet) at Mari-ya in Kichijoji
  • Yakitori (skewers of grilled chicken) and other staples at Iseya in Kichijoji
  • No-frills ramen at Taiyo in Koenji

SHOP

  • Disk Union (specifically the branches at Shibuya, Shimokitazawa, and Kichijoji) for used and new records
  • Harajuku (unique clothing and accessories)
  • Shimokitazawa (clothing, novelty items, books, records)
  • Koenji (vintage clothing, books, records)
  • Nakano Broadway (manga, toys, clothing, cosplay accessories, records, guitars, antiques)

ROCK

DRINK

  • Ebisu in Nishi Ogikubo
  • Poor Cow in Shimokitazawa

FEATURED BAND PERFORMANCES (in order of appearance)

Guitar Wolf at Earthdom
Fifi & Boogie Hiroshi at Poor Cow
Fifi with The Fadeaways at UFO Club (courtesy of Yukiko Ono)
The 5.6.7.8’s at Shelter
Electric Eel Shock at Earthdom
Melt Banana at Shimokitazawa Basement Bar (courtesy of Pete Slovenly)
Cracks at Earthdom
Peter Pan Speedrock at Earthdom
The Fadeaways with Seiji Guitar Wolf at UFO Club (courtesy of Yukiko Ono)
Tina Lucchesi with Fink & The Thunderroads at Shelter
The Thunderroads at Shelter

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Toyozo of The Fadeaways with The Mellvins (courtesy of Atushi of Gorilla*/Pop’n’Roll Records)
Guitar Wolf (courtesy of Ameku)
The Fadeaways (courtesy of Yukiko Ono)
The Mellvins (courtesy of Yukiko Ono)

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Supersnazz
Eddie Legend A Go-Go
The Titans

At Poor Cow

Runaway Boys
The Sex

The Many Faces of Burger Boogaloo 2016

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The fourth edition of the Burger Boogaloo at Oakland’s Mosswood Park once again brought together a motley crew of music-loving folks. When we weren’t capturing the action at the Dirty Mouth amphitheater and the Tassel Castle stage (relive the magic of Day 1 here and Day 2 here), we snapped some shots of the people who performed, worked, and attended. Check out the hot dog costumes, dirt-smeared faces, portapotty kisses, and other summertime fun our cameras caught.
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Burger Boogaloo 2016: Day 2

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The Burger Boogaloo‘s second day of summertime fun at Oakland’s Mosswood Park continued with musicians like Seth Bogart, Shannon and the Clams, and the Dwarves exploring the Dirty Mouth amphitheater and King Khan and the Shrines and the Flamin’ Groovies ruling the Tassel Castle. Legendary filmmaker John Waters offered priceless band commentary and said the sweetest things about Shannon of the Clams, while off-color comic Tony Clifton received mixed reactions for his schtick. (For a recap of Day 1, head here. Check out the many faces of Burger Boogaloo here!)

Here are some of our favorite still and animated moments from the action-packed day, including the Fadeaways’ backflip off their drum set!

POONTANG WRANGLERS

We missed their red flannel pajamas in the Dirty Mouth but caught them performing an impromptu downhome set with their washboards and other humble instruments.
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BUCK BILOXI & THE FUCKS

Lo-fi punk disasters from New Orleans.
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DEATH VALLEY GIRLS

This LA quartet pounced on the Tassel Castle with their Sharpie tattoos and self-described “doom boogie.”
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SODA BOYS

These St. Louis punks fired up the Dirty Mouth with sparklers, Roman candles, and catchy lo-fi punk.
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THE FADEAWAYS

This Tokyo trio delivered a dynamic, partially airborne garage-punk set punctuated by high jumps, amp diving, and a backflip off their drum set.
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GIORGIO MURDERER

Absurdist synth punk from New Orleans featuring members of Buck Biloxi and Static Static.
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FLAMIN’ GROOVIES

The Shake Some Action team of Cyril Jordan, Chris Wilson, and George Alexander were joined by Roy Loney for a hit-laden set that spanned the band’s storied career.
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THE DWARVES

The crowd went wild for punk classics such as “Drug Store,” “Fuck ’em All,” and “You Gotta Burn,” and one guy even broke his leg in the pit. It was oddly heartwarming to see several people immediately form a protective circle around him, scoop him up, and carry him out to safety.
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TERRY & LOUIE

Former members of the Exploding Hearts, Terry and Louie cranked out their power-pop gems as well as Exploding Hearts delights such as “Modern Kicks.”
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SHANNON & THE CLAMS

John Waters’ touching introduction about these Oakland sweethearts kicked off their shimmery set.
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KING KHAN & THE SHRINES

These multi-instrumental maniacs threw an unhinged dance party complete with provocative costumes and a collective kneeling moanfest.
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SETH BOGART SHOW

Seth Bogart set aside alter ego Hunx for this steamy, one-man electro show set against a backdrop of fun, specially made videos and male and female go-go dancers.

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