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Lead guitarist and principal songwriter Greg Ginn leads this reformed version of the legendary punk band along with singer Ron Reyes, who fronted the band in their prime Decline of Western Civilization-era iteration.
The Jazz Butcher
The Jazz Butcher were the epitome of the eccentric British wit that defined a certain strain of post-punk. Pat Fish and company produced a string of devastatingly clever mid-80s records, running influences like Ray Davies and the Velvet Underground through a distinctive songwriting voice. Fish’s lyrics veered from mundane topics to global politics, his skewed black humor intact. The lineup has undergone many changes over the years, but for the band’s first New York City since 2000, Fish will be joined by his longtime guitarist Max Elder.
Though he didn’t achieve quite the same level of popularity with his post-Uncle Tupelo band as his songwriting partner Jeff Tweedy did with Wilco, Jay Farrar and Son Volt made some invaluable contributions to the alt-country canon—sturdy, sentimental songs that are full of surprisingly vivid imagery about a way of life that is no more.