Bad Religion

It's been 31 years since Greg Graffin founded Bad Religion, one of the most literate and intelligent punk bands to ever inspire disillusioned teenagers. Since then, Bad Religion has released 15 albums, including this year's Dissent of Man, and become notorious for their indictment of modern man and 21st century digital boys. The band -- specifically guitarist Brett Gurewitz -- is responsible for the existence of Epitaph Records and teaching punk rockers the meaning of five-dollar words like "assuage," "proliferation," and "ecosystem." Who cares if they haven't released an undeniably amazing album since 1996's Stranger Than Fiction? (2002's Process of Belief was decent, but when compared to Suffer? Come on.) The band predicted the rise of global warming and life-stealing computer programs long before the Prius or Facebook existed. That deserves some respect. With Bouncing Souls, Off With Their Heads. PAIGE RICHMOND

Wed., Nov. 17, 7 p.m., 2010

 
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