Along with the Dead Boys and Pere Ubu, the Pagans helped put Cleveland on the punk rock map. The band existed just a few short years in the late 70s, releasing a handful of singles, some of which are worth a pretty penny today. As was par for the course at the time, the band flamed out early on, meaning that their impact and stature aside from a few attempts later to reunite would come largely after the fact. Former Pagans guitarist Robert Conn lives in Texas these days, and Chelsea Hotel is his new band, which just so happens to kick ass too. As is to be expected, they sound like a punk band straddling that era's first and second waves, retaining the grittiness of the Cleveland scene but sticking to an older-school rock n roll sound that isn't quite as snotty.
Thu., March 25, 9 p.m., 2010