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PUNK DUNK: Fans of punk rock have cause for celebration this week with three excellent shows in three days that will keep your ears ringing for just as long.

If serious-minded punk rock is your thing, stay far away from the Guttermouth show; but if silly-as-hell lyrics backed by a cacophony so tight you could bounce a quarter off it is your thing, you'll feel right at home at Skrappy's, 201 E. Broadway Blvd., on Sunday, July 9. That's when the band takes the stage along with openers 98 Mute, Meth, Wednesday and Santos Says. Cover for the all-ages show is $7, and you can call 620-1824 or log onto www.skrappys.com for more info.

Also at Skrappy's the following night is the emo-ska punk sounds of Rx Bandits. If you've bought into the newly trendy "ska is dead" hyperbole, these guys will surely prove you wrong, as their live shows are reportedly exponentially better than their recorded output, which is pretty damn good in itself. Openers for this one are Slow Gherkin, The Impossibles, Nevergonnascore and Phil's Revenge. Cover charge is $7. It all goes down on Monday, July 10, at Skrappy's, 201 E. Broadway Blvd., and that phone number again is 620-1824.

Touring in support of their brand-spankin' new third full length release, In Name And Blood (Sub Pop), Seattle's The Murder City Devils unleash their fury on a 21-and-over crowd this week. Proving that there is indeed new ground to be broken in the realm of punk rock, the six-piece Devils combine the raw power of The Stooges with a drony organ sound and the yelping howl of singer Spencer Moody, whose voice sorta resembles a cross between Black Flag-era Henry Rollins and former Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid screamer David Yow. The result is irresistibly sleazy fun, and the band's showcase at this year's South By Southwest garnered them a reputation as a hella rockin' live act.

The Murder City Devils pile into the basement of the Double Zero, 121 E. Congress St., at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11. Also on the bill are Alternative Tentacles recording artists Dead And Gone; The Yo-Yo's, who uphold the presumed-lost tradition of anthemic British punk; and Seattle's The Catheters. Cover is $6, drinks are cheap, and you can call 670-9332 for more 411.


END OF THE ECLIPSE: Black Sun Legion shows are always a rarity--it's been five months since the last one--but bandleader Psycho Master (a.k.a. Jesus Acedo) has a pretty good excuse this time around: He's been holed up rehearsing and recording with his new backing band, local psych-pop masters Sun Zoom Spark, plus Spectro's Brian Maloney on sax. The result, Hymn of the Master, should be out soon on the Camera Obscura imprint, and BSL will be previewing material from the new album this week when it appears at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 7, at Solar Culture, 31 E. Toole Ave. The show kicks off with the lovely cello/guitar/vocals duo Agave. Then Sun Zoom Spark plays the middle slot, showcasing its own material and previewing songs from its upcoming release, Pop Rouge, before the new incarnation of Black Sun Legion takes over. For more information call 884-0874.


MINI-MOLLYS: A scaled down version of local Irish/Tex-Mex favorites The Mollys, appropriately dubbed The Mollys Acoustic Trio, featuring Nancy McCallion, Kevin Schramm and Danny Krieger, will be making an appearance at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, at Montgomery's Irish Pub, 9155 E. Tanque Verde Road, Suite 177. For details call 749-2299.


STORMY FRIDAY: Don't miss the moonlight shinin' down on the Monsoon Madness this--and every--Friday night this summer from 7 to 10 p.m. Think of it as Kini Wade and the Fourth Avenue Merchants' Association's gift to you, the person who sticks around the Old Pueblo in the gruelingest months of summer; it's all free, and it's all for you, the brave. The fabulous July schedule of performers is as follows: On July 7, Primo Latin Rock will occupy the entire three-hour slot; July 14 will feature Agave at 7 p.m., followed by Topless Opry at 8 p.m.; on July 21, Steven Floyd takes the stage at 7 p.m., with Fourkiller Flats batting clean-up at 8; and on July 28, Mankind (featuring ex-members of The Money Shot) is on at 7 p.m., with Sangre del Sol taking over at 8:30 p.m. All Monsoon Madness shows take place at the Winsett Performing Arts Center, 316 N. Fourth Ave., and you can call 624-5004 with any lingering questions.

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