TacocaT, a lady-dominated band that sings coarse punk songs about their disdain for gynecologists, muffin tops, and Anna Nicole Smith, sound more like feminist anarcho-punk with a sense of humor than pop punk, which is the descriptor they use for themselves. Because when TacocaT take on Seattle's holier-than-thou cyclist scenesters in the song "Bike Party," it barely qualifies as pop. It's raw, infectious, punk rock, with Emily Nokes belting out sassy, shrieking vocals that are uncannily similar to Joan Jett's with Bikini Killa deliberate and impressive feat for a band that's only a year old. Then again, the band also performs tracks like "Peeps," an appropriately saccharine number dedicated to the sugar-coated marshmallows. Joining TacocaT onstage are dance-party darlings Reverse Dotty and the Candy Cane Shivs, a Portland group whose sensual songs inspire uncontrollable lust in all who hear their lead vocalist, Felony Dot, moaning into the microphone. With the Suspicions, Reverse Dotty, the Hungry Pines. SARA BRICKNER
Listen to a sample of TacocaT's "Bike Party."
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Thu., Feb. 21, 9 p.m., 2008