To be clear, Block Party is going to be the event of the year for the New Orleans punk rock underground, and it will be difficult for any single concert this year to top the twelve hours of non-stop music, records, food and fun that it’s going to offer. But damned if tonight’s double venue whatever-you-call-it doesn’t come close. Teaming up for what amounts to a mini-festival in its own right, the Community and Chinquapin camps plan to give the public a teaser of what’s in store next month on Clio Street.
An early show at the Big Top features – in addition to local melodic punks the Lollies and the debut of Community Records in-house supergroup All People – the formal record release of Safety‘s Night Lights and headliners Bomb the Music Industry!, a New York-based punk collective whose strange mix of off-kilter but forthright stage demeanor and anticonsumerist industry politics seem to serve as the paradigm for the modern DIY punk ethic.
A short walk immediately following that show brings the crowd to Circle Bar, where Chinquapin Records boasts Austin, TX psychedelic freak out rockers Boyfrndz and Jack Donovan’s Brooklyn buddies Chicken Gyro. Of course, representing New Orleans will be noise pop duo Caddywhompus and post-swamp rock band Sun Hotel, both of whom kick off month-long Spring tours tonight.
04.03: Exhumed + Abysmal Dawn + Arkaik + Ruiniverse
04.04: Merchandise + Heat Dust + Kindest Lines – United Bakery
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