Candlebox, Open Air Stereo, Smoochknob

When: Sun., July 21, 8 p.m. 2013

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Rock historians love to talk about how Nirvana "rescued" us from the music drought of the '80s. Candlebox—and pretty much every other post-Nevermind group that self-identified as grunge—are proof that those people are stupid. The mainstream's acceptance of Nirvana and grunge merely blazed a trail for an abhorrent new species of rock to follow, one that proved far more regrettable and enduring than any offshoot it succeeded (see also: Creed). Nirvana didn't save rock 'n' roll. Their popularity merely persuaded hair metal bands who missed the party to revise their aesthetic. And Candlebox are the most offensive of the bunch; "You" remains one of the worst songs I've ever heard. In my entire life. Courtney didn't kill Kurt—bands like Candlebox did. MORGAN TROPER

Price: $20

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