Vicious Circle came out) with guts and gusto, mixing Rikk Agnew speed and melody with deep-cut classic influences such as The Testors, Radio Birdman, The Victims and more. It’s fast and nasty, just like it should be. Much-loved locals Maniac are riding on their recent “Midnight Kino” 7-inch, two songs of hooky, hammer-down punk that make for a storming sequel to the transmogrified ’70s glam anthem that held down their “Chola Queen” 7-inch in 2015. Consider it the one-two punch you’ve been asking for.
L.A. makes a strong showing at this show with locals Rough Kids and Maniac, brothers-from-different-mothers outfits that do first-wave punk with shockwave impact. Rough Kids are hardcore punkologists who slash through the best of ’78 to ’81 (or whenever Zero Boys’