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Canada definitely gets ripped on for being “the #1 country located north of the United States” and “America’s hat,” but every now and then, those Canucks really make us Yankees shut our traps. Alexisonfire is an example. For the less enlightened, the band got their name from the world’s only lactating contortionist stripper, Alexis Fire. The quintet formed in St. Catherines, Ontario back in 2001, and has been evolving ever since. According to the band their sound has changed from “two Catholic high-school girls, mid-knife fight” to the “guy with a pretty voice getting into an argument with a guy who is kind of upset about things, while a guy who really likes punk.” Their post-hardcore rock combines hints of punk and a bit of screamo all wrapped up in a progressive package. With award-winning songs like “Pulmonary Archery” and “This Could Be Anywhere in the World,” it’s easy to see why this is a band that deserves respect. Alexisonfire will be touring the US promoting their fourth and latest album, Old Crows/Young Cardinals, and will be stopping at Town Ballroom this Friday (April 23) with bands Trash Talk, La Dispute, and Therefore I Am.

—jeremy lee

7pm (doors). Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 / $15/ adv; $18/day of show at box office, 223-6000, and Tops Markets