Tonight's show is a direct blast from the early punk-rock past, led by the soulfully fiery exhortations of Kat Arthur and her hard-rocking Legal Weapon. There was a time when her passionate vocalizing attracted major-label interest, but luckily the band survived such outside attempts to water down their iconic sound into something more safely commercial. Although Legal Weapon are best remembered by punk historians for churning out such rabidly engaging early tunes as "Equalizer" and "Daddy's Gone Mad," they have a ton of equally driving recent songs that have somehow escaped critical attention. They're aptly billed with Bruce "Ravens" Moreland, a crucial member of the early Wall of Voodoo lineup who later collaborated with Concrete Blonde's Johnette Napolitano. His recent solo songs have a darkly glittery allure, as he draws from his seedy junkie past and reinvents himself as a morbidly wise post-punk sage.
Thu., Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m., 2011