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The Casualties, Nekromantix, Down By Law, Lower Class Brats, The Sheds

When: Fri., July 6, 6:30 p.m. 2012

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Dave Smalley might be the only consistent band member for the on-again, off-again punk-life collective Down by Law, but his pedigree alone seems enough to sustain the group through shifting incarnations. As a member of seminal punk crew Dag Nasty (along with a pre-Bad Religion, post-Minor Threat Brian Baker), and as the original lead singer of Descendents offshoot All, Smalley is a walking messiah in some circles. Topping out in the '90s punk explosion that birthed the mainstream adoration of shitty groups like the Offspring, Down by Law's Punkrockacademyfightsong was an explosive touchstone of emotive, funny, fine-tuned punk. After a hiatus ended in 2009, the band signed with a new label and is expecting a new full-length this August. DBL will be sandwiched between a cornucopia of past-due punkers on this bill, which seems fitting; no one ever really knew where they belonged. RYAN J. PRADO

Price: $16

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