Refused

The second of this week's reformed leftist rock outfits (along with Desaparecidos on Saturday), Refused espoused a politics that were both more baldly ambitious and more universal—nothing short of the destruction/subversion of global capitalism and the total liberation of self, rather than just some jabs at the Mall of America. Most people, though, will remember them not for their Situationist-derived sloganeering as much as for their searing guitar riffs, thudding rhythm section, and singer Dennis Lyxzén's high-kicking combustibility. To MTV, it looked like a way to make nu-metal cool; to punks, it looked like a way to make Nation of Ulysses profitable. To anyone who missed it the first time, it's a bomb still waiting to blow you away. With Sleigh Bells. ERIC GRANDY

Tue., Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m., 2012

 
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