Buzzcocks

33 1/3 years after their debut EP Spiral Scratch, the UK's first self-released punk record, Manchester's Buzzcocks remain influential and even relevant as the writing/vocals/guitars core of Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle push into their mid-fifties. Tonight, rewind to 1978 for their first two albums, Another Music in a Different Kitchen and Love Bites, in their entirety. The relative innocence of their hooky, hurtling (half of the two discs' 22 tracks clock in under 3 minutes) pop-punk is a refreshing counterpoint to the nihilism of their inspiration, the Sex Pistols, and Shelley's fey bisexuality lends the lyrics a dimension beyond the usual boy-meets-(and loses) girl. With the Dollyrots, Images. MICHAEL MAHONEY

Wed., June 2, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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