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Blood on the Wall, Knyfe Hits, guests
Chop Suey, $10, 9 p.m.
Too many indie critics have dismissed Blood on the Wall for blatantly ripping off the Pixies, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and several other alternative nation classics from the late ’80s. That’s like criticizing a jukebox for only playing the hits. B.o.t.W. is a good time party band forever reveling in the music of their youth. All these three gleeful nerds want to do is head down to that dank basement with a case of Genny Cream Ale and jam on their fave riffs from Doolittle and Daydream Nation with drunken abandon. The only difference is that the New York trio puts out fairly successful albums, including this year’s Liferz. In fact, Blood on the Wall’s popularity should really be viewed as an indictment of all the boring garbage that passes for indie rock these days—just ask the Shins.