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JUN 2, 2010


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Buzzcocks

Why: Pop-punk's masters are playing two classic LPs—Another Music in a Different Kitchen and Love Bites—in their entirety, plus other hits. Even 32 years after these records dropped, this prospect excites, because Buzzcocks and their sardonically romantic songs have aged very well. Pete Shelley, a caustically fey, gay Brit, turns themes of soured love and sociopolitical pessimism into the catchiest, bittersweetest pop ever, revealing venomous fangs behind every smile. "Noise Annoys," yes, but Buzzcocks bring pure joys. (El Corazón, 109 Eastlake Ave E, 632-8499. 7 pm, $18.50 adv/$20 DOS, all ages.)

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