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Maryland band Kix was formed in 1977 and would cover tracks by the likes of Zeppelin, Aerosmith and AC/DC, before landing a deal with Atlantic and finding their feet. They’re understandably generally lumped in with the hair metal ’80s crowd — they can often be found on package bills with that sort of act. But Kix was in essence a shit-kicking hard rock band that could really play. Substance came before style, and albums such as the ’81 debut, Cool Kids, and Midnite Dynamite were packed with killer tunes. They didn’t break like Mötley Crüe or Poison, but they retain a respectable following to this day, and they still deliver in the live environment.

Kix plays with The Hard Way and the Aviators at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 at the Whisky A Go Go.