“Economy Sucks, Let’s Party!” Not a particularly surprising political sentiment coming from this group of punk bands: Anti Flag, Aiden, Cancer Bats, and the Star Fucking Hipsters. The four-band bill kicked-off in Detroit this month for an east coast tour that ends in Anti-Flag’s hometown of Pittsburgh. The Pennsylvania punkers recently released 2009’s The People or the Gun (SideOne Dummy), which sees them back on an indie label after fulfilling a contract with RCA, and back to basics with the hard, fast, and angry tracks fans have sometimes missed. While the music might be angry, Anti-Flag’s brand of political activism isn’t. The band’s longtime affiliates Greenpeace, Peta2, and Amnesty International are involved with the tour and have a table at each show, and Innes Clothing will be donating to local homeless and kids shelters. With this tour Anti-Flag continues its long legacy of not just talking about what’s wrong with things but actually doing something about it. So head to the Town Ballroom on Sunday night (Jan. 31) and, definitely, “let’s party,” but pay some attention, too, to what Greenpeace, PETA, and Amnesty International have to offer. —frances boots
6pm (doors). Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-5900/townballroom.com. $15/advance, $17/day of show at TB box office or Tickets.com (888-223-6000). All Ages.