Get unpatriotic with an early evening of agitated, sweltering hardcore. Toronto's blistering guitar onslaught S.H.I.T. (aka Sexual Humans in Turmoil) may pierce your inner ears with their cochlea-crunching grind. On their Collective Unconsciousness 7-inch (Iron Lung), abrasive and fiercely welded guitar fury reigns, each song faster and meaner than the next. I've lauded inventive Seattle-based punk label Iron Lung Records in these pages before for their ability to curate the best in punk from the Northwest and beyond. As a label that "know[s] what it likes and what it doesn't like," they've established themselves as likers/distributors of heavy music worth hearing. Also certainly worth hearing are Vexx's spiraling, Midwestern-thunderstorm-heavy guitar whorls—the Olympia-based punks are a powerful lady-led force of technically composed hardcore post-punk. Their un-repressed riffs and empowered political undertones make the rerelease of their self-titled 12-inch on M'Lady's Records something to seek. Also obliterating this incinerating shredfest are Mercenaries, featuring members of Olympia death metal act Bone Sickness. With Mysterious Skin. Black Lodge, 5 pm.



Time to bust out the porkpie hats and start skankin', because long-running ska dynamos Fishbone are playing your local historic-theater-turned-all-ages-venue! The LA band's unapologetically funky punk has been making rude boys and beat girls dance and thrash since 1979. Fishbone have created everything from two-toned, catchy ska-pop jams ("Ma and Pa") to weirdo funk-metal (most notably on the bass-driven '93 album Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe). Regardless of the style, the band's ability to move Oxfords and checkered Vans remains fully intact. They still deliver a furiously danceable and groove-centric live show. Now, go see them while you can! Neptune, 8 pm, $20. recommended