Although punk rock has morphed over the decades from a once-shocking form of musical subversion into background music for skateboarding videos, the post-punk genre still retains its possibilities of change and exploration. For every modern post-punk group that's content to mimic Bauhaus and Siouxsie & the Banshees, there are exciting new bands who take their early-'80s influences into exhilaratingly strange new terror-tory. Both Human Hands and members of Radwaste (which includes 17 Pygmies' Michael Kory and 100 Flowers' John Talley-Jones) were around in the early days of SoCal punk, but their intellectual experimentations often were overlooked during that era's preoccupation with macho, guttural hardcore. Radwaste have a heavily percussive sound that draws upon Gang of Four's mechanized funk, whereas Human Hands still exude a whimsical artiness, even without their late founding singer, David Wiley.
Fri., April 18, 8 p.m., 2014
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