NOFX, No Use for a Name, American Steel

Don't go looking for NOFX to slow down or change things up now that

they're marking 25 years as a band, and its members have all said

hello to 40. The music? Still loud, fast, crunchy, careening, melodic,

Cali-style punk-rock. The humor? Still self-deprecating to the hilt:

Frontman "Fat Mike" (a.k.a. Michael Burkett) continues to embrace his

given nickname despite never having been that fat, and the quartet

titled its latest disc They've Actually Gotten Worse Live! The

attitude? Still snotty and defiantly anti-establishment: Fat Mike

started both Punkvoter.com and the Rock Against Bush movement; and

NOFX: Backstage Passport—a current docu-series on Fuse, which shows

the band getting into dicey situations while performing in Peru,

Turkey, Korea, and elsewhere—came about because, as Fat Mike put it,

"Playing the U.S. isn't as dangerous as it used to be. It's all about

corporate rock, and it sucks." I'm guessing Seattle won't provide the

danger he so desperately craves tonight, but hey, you never know…With

No Use for a Name and American Steel. Showbox SODO, 1700 First Ave.

S., 382-7877. 8:30 p.m. $20 adv./$22. All ages. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Sat., May 10, 8:30 p.m., 2008

 
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