The members of It's Casual attribute their gritty, sore-throat hardcore punk to the smoggy city where they live, Los Angeles. Frontman Edward Solis reputedly rides the bus (which supposedly inspired their latest album's title, The New Los Angeles), but their raw sound probably has more to do with his non-performing musical pedigree. Solis previously served as Black Flag's publicist and currently works at Southern Lord Records, which puts out albums by underground metal celebs Sunn 0))) and Boris. With exciting day jobs like those, maybe he needs to ride the bus to get angry enough to create It's Casual's racket. With Freshkills and Dark Vibe.
Fri., Aug. 21, 8 p.m., 2009
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