Back in August, music editor Brett Callwood interviewed bandleader Joe Nolte about The Last’s 40-year career as a South Bay band who have influenced both punk and power-pop groups alike. The band’s show at Alex’s Bar was also previewed at the time, but it’s worth noting that The Last are playing again, this time in an all-ages matinee as part of the Save Music in Chinatown series of benefits that raises funds for music programs at Castelar Elementary School. Performances by Nolte and crew are relatively rare these days, and, although the group focused at Alex’s Bar on the romantic melodies from their 1979 debut album,L.A. Explosion, the singer-guitarist has a deep catalog of memorable songs that have directly inspired far more popular acts such as The Descendents, The Bangles, Black Flag, Urinals, The Gun Club and countless others. Plus, sets from The Vulturas, PR Shake, and The Linda Lindas.
Grand Star Jazz Club, 943 Sun Mun Way, Chinatown; Sun., Nov. 3, 2-6 p.m.; $12; all ages. (213) 626-2285, www.grandstarjazzclub.com/calendar.html.
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