When seminal Long Beach new wave punkers Le Shok officially went belly-up in 2001, we mourned the passing of possibly the most entertaining live band of the era. They once stormed off the stage of the Glass House to fight with hecklers in the parking lot after putting up with 15 minutes of back-and-forth shit-talking. But the band wasn’t all bravado and stage theatrics. They exuded alcohol-fueled, danceable punk with aggressive surges of distorted guitar and drum blasts that were raw and edgy—provocative music that demanded audiences move their feet. And sure, sometimes their fists.
Although not exactly like Le Shok, Arkansas’ Attractive and Popular and very sonically similar, pushing their keys and pulsing guitar to the front of their aural arsenal, and topping it off with snotty, slurred lyrics that aren’t culled from a cut-and-paste Create Your Own Electro-Song instruction book. And the band manages to stay avant-garde enough to keep their music interesting without being pretentious or skirting conventions completely. Attractive and Popular keep the energy of their stage shows high every second they’re on stage, so this show is guaranteed to be a sweaty-shirts-off-style rock-out extravaganza.
Attractive and Popular with Lipstick Terror and Coaxial at Biacci’s, 775 N. Central Ave., Upland, (909) 946-0990; www.myspace.com/51buckingham. Sun., 6 p.m. $5.