The year's edition of Ink-n-Iron is crowded with more great punk, rockabilly and country performers than the Illustrated Man has tattoos. Friday is more of a country affair, headlined by the Bakersfield bard, Merle Haggard, whose working-class tales of heartache and hard living continue to resonate with so much world-weary wisdom, and Oklahoma fireball Wanda Jackson, who has worked with both Elvises (Presley and Costello) and single-handedly paved the way for female rockabilly singer-guitarists in the 1950s. Saturday is crowned by punk originators the Buzzcocks, whose recent tales of desperately unrequited passion are almost as fuzzily catchy as the hits from their late-'70s heyday, and The Damned, who still strike some sparks even without founding members Rat Scabies and Brian James. Don't be surprised if The Detroit Cobras steal the show with their sodden, soul-garage intensity. Sunday's lineup is faster and more furious, with Suicidal Tendencies and the brutal throttling of New York hardcore veterans Sick of It All. Also Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8.

Fri., June 6, 2 p.m.-midnight, 2014
(Expired: 06/06/14)

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