H.R. (of Bad Brains)

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Back in 1977, seminal hardcore punk band Bad Brains first fired up its engines in Washington D.C., leaving a deeply-embedded skidmark on a generation with its fiery music. Political and social commentary threaded their way through the Brains’ song lyrics, decrying injustice while promoting positive mental attitudes. With ahead-of-the-curve soundscapes, an overall passion for fairness and progressive concern for their fellow man, Bad Brains was far from your average band. They’ve inspired and influenced dozens of other groups like Cro-Mags, Living Colour and Fishbone, plus hellraisers like Henry Rollins of Black Flag, a former protégé.

BB’s major mouthpiece, Paul D. Hudson, better known as H.R. (for “human rights”), crafted powerful and insightful lyrics with a unique dual-genred voice, ranging from shrill, piercing nasal screeching to a rich, crooning baritone. His spiritual connection with Rastafari ideals heavily influenced BB’s social responsibility-espousing lyrical content, their reggae-tinged musical tones giving a smooth edge to its signature punk raucousness. Even with their starts, stops and near-rotation of line-up changes, Bad Brains’ unique brand of punkfunk has been virtually impossible to emulate. And rumor has it the fam’s back together, the once-homeless H.R. included.

BB members have long had side projects, like the White Mandingos, bassist Darryl Jenifer’s recent mesh with Ego Trip-founding journalist Sacha Jenkins, featuring Murs. H.R. is certainly no different, boasting his own discography outside the BB milieu since the ‘80s. Coupled with his crew Dubb Agents, he’s once again using his exemplary voice to rock heads, hearts and hemispheres. // KENNEDY ALLEN

7pm, $15-$18. With Bong Hits for Jesus + MCRAD featuring Chuck Treece. The Legendary Dobbs, 304 South St. 215.501.7288. dobbsphilly.com

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Friday, April 04, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

WHERE
304 South St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 04/04/2014. .

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Legendary Dobbs

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