July 25: Taxpayers at Zoo City, Solid Attitude at VFW

July 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is one of those nights that makes me thrilled to live in the town we do. Two awesome shows are scheduled to go down, but they’re both cheap and within a few blocks of each other, so here’s hoping everybody who wants to can see Taxpayers at Zoo City before running over to the VFW for Solid Attitude. (It looks like that’s Needlecraft’s plan, since I hear they’re playing Zoo City early in the evening and then heading over to the VFW.)

Zoo City Apparel: Somewhere, the perfect noir-Western-gang movie is just waiting for the Taxpayer’s madcap brand of jazzy-country-punk as a soundtrack. The Taxpayers make me want to strap on chaps and shoot something. And go to a bar and knock back a dirty martini. And dance.
They play with Walter Mitty and his Makeshift Orchestra, Cat Heaven, Needlecraft and Pestapiso. 9 p.m., $5, all ages.

VFW: Solid Attitude, on the other hand, is much less complex and more of a unapologetic punk throwback. The “BB Gun Picnic” album raises its lip to reveal yellow-stained, broken teeth. Solid Attitude’s lo-fi guitars and old-school growl calls to mind a packed room of sweaty drunks and body odor. I hope it gets one. With Oll Breds and Needlecraft opening. 10 p.m., $3, 21+.


(Also, if I may be allowed a moment of #firstworldproblems irritation, it takes twice as long to add all the links to this post than it does to listen to the bands and write a description. See how much I suffer for you guys??)


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