Hot Water Music, La Dispute, The Menzingers

When: Fri., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. 2013

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Gainesville's Hot Water Music are touring the country on their first record in eight years. That record, Exister, shows what happens when punks are still working out some demons but have something to prove as musicians. The group has arguably the best rhythm section in punk rock today, not to mention two soulful, wounded, and hopeful singer/guitar players. The message comes through loud and clear in a Southern punk-rock soul gospel revival, where you would almost expect these shows to be played in a large tent with rows of pews. Exister places Hot Water Music very firmly at the beginning of the third chapter in the story of their band—with the driving anthems of Forever and Counting being chapter one, the Epitaph years as the second, and now the solid rock 'n' roll of Exister to keep the story going. JAY WILLIAMS

Price: $18-20

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