Desaparacidos

This week, two great, politically-charged punk rock bands from around the turn of the 2000s hit Seattle on reunion tours: Desaparecidos and Refused. Fronted by Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos were a raw-buzzing power pop band that bent the singer's caustic whine to topics bigger than himself and his heartache, targeting endless consumerism, the jingoistic patriotism of the early '00s, and the shallowness of a specific sort of American Dream. Nostalgia aside, they couldn't have picked a better time to reform: the economy sucks, the resentments of the Occupy movement still simmer, and another terrifying election year is upon us. Desaparecidos never sounded more apt. With Virgin Islands. ERIC GRANDY

Sat., Aug. 25, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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