How to Ruin Everything is a masterpiece of its type, but as recently as 2016, Protection proved that they’ve not lost one iota of their mojo. This tour, with an exciting, intimate stop at the Hotel Cafe, sees the band going all acoustic, so it will be fascinating to see how those songs go over without the crunch. One suspects it will be amazing.
But for a four-year hiatus in the mid-2000s, Victorville punks Face to Face have been blasting out poppy skate punk since 1991. That’s no mean feat for a band that, while blessed with a loyal and enviable fan base, never made the climb into punk’s big leagues, headlining Vans Warped Tours or Riot Fests. They really should have — there are few bands of this genre with tunes as memorable as the masses of catchy ditties Face to Face have under their collective belt. 2002’s