For a brief moment last year, This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb was the most notorious band in America but not for anything that they actually did. A bicycle bearing one of their stickers shut down a terminal at Memphis International Airport, resulting in the arrest (and eventual release) of the bikes owner. Although the folk-punk band didnt personally affix the sticker to the bike frame, its exactly the kind of mischief they might appreciate. Their fascination with combining pre-war country and aggressive acousti-punk seems designed to upset the modern concept of the American dream. Punk isnt usually associated with effective songwriting, but TBIAPBs odes to social justice and the 60s civil rights movement are powerful to say the least. Scrappy punkers Shellshag (labelmates with Screaming Females), The Looking Glass and Cy open.
Fri., March 26, 8 p.m., 2010