Critic's Pick: Strummerville Benefit

By Chris Parker
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The Future Unwritten

What better way seize the seasonal spirit than by celebrating punk’s patron saint—Joe Strummer—and contributing to his namesake charity, which, naturally, helps young, broke musicians make their mark. The lineup’s strong, highlighted by Taggart, a local fixture harking back to underground rock’s golden age during the half-decade leading up to Nevermind. The guitars are sweet and crunchy like Super Sugar Crisp, purveying tasty hooks coated in distortion and jagged edges with gruff, half-yelped vocals reminiscent of Eric Bachmann (Archers of Loaf). Versatile trio Mean Streets’ medium is punk rock in the vein of acts like the Adicts and Toy Dolls. It’s catchy, boisterous stuff you might describe as pop-punk before Blink-182 came along. The Successful Failures specialize in blending melancholy jangle pop and alt-rock fury. The bill’s filled out by the Groovement’s frontman Leland Plumridge, bloozy classic rockers the Future Unwritten, and high-energy pop-punkers Tonight We Strike.

Thurs., Dec. 22, 8pm. $10. With Taggart, Mean Streets, the Successful Failures, the Future Unwritten, Leland Plumridge, Tonight We Strike, Scarier Area + Lust2Love. North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar sts. 215.787.0488. northstarbar.com

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1. Royce Love said... on Dec 21, 2011 at 08:19PM

“The writer forgot to mention Lust2Love is playing, Philly's all-girl Go-Go's tribute band. The ladies like The Clash too.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Dec 21, 2011 at 10:25PM

“This sounds awesome, I'm going!”

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3. Jamie said... on Dec 22, 2011 at 01:00PM

“omg... the groovement was awesome and leland is amazing.... i'll be there”

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4. becker said... on Dec 23, 2011 at 08:17PM

“thanks to everyone who came out last night to support strummerville and celebrate the music of joe strummer. taggart had a blast and we've posted a video of us performing our four clash songs on our website:

http://taggartrocks.com/2011/12/22/joe-strummer-tribute-night/

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