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Propagandhi

Propagandhi

Thursday, October 11

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 20 years since Propagandhi wrote “Anti-Manifesto,” “Showdown (G.E./P.),” and “Ska Sucks,” for their debut album How To Clean Everything. When I was in high school I actually thought ska sucked just because Propagandhi told me so, even though the degree of separation between ska and punk in the 1990s was pretty much equal to the degree of separation between milk and chocolate milk. I also thought it was really cool to listen to underground punk from 1993 when my classmates were listening to mainstream punk from 1994, but that was at the turn of the millennium when everyone was mad about 9/11. It’s still cool to listen to underground punk from the early 1990s, but it’s pretty unusual to listen to underground punk from, like, 2012; maybe people just want to dance their problems away to mainstream pop or EDM (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Music has become less and less angry, at least lyrically, in the last decade and punk rock isn’t as popular as it used to be, although it’s one of few genres where a singer can actually say something politically meaningful. The Canadian four-piece band has always walked the line between satire and advocacy, but on their latest record, this year’s Failed States, it’s simply anger; a sentiment that I’m surprised isn’t more prevalent in music in this time when protests and corrupt politicians are on the front page. Be prepared to vent some of that anger in the mosh pit this Thursday (Oct 11) when Propagandhi comes to the Town Ballroom with support from Canadian hardcore punks Comeback Kid. —cory perla

7pm Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900/townballroom.com) $17 advance, $19 day of show