Alt-rock grandfathers Violent Femmes formed in Milwaukee in 1980, and have been on and off ever since. The band’s stripped down folk-punk with sixties-style sing-alongs and almost Dadaist lyrics gained them instant popularity, with “Blister in the Sun” even ending up in a Wendy’s commercial (which actually precipitated one of the band’s break-ups). Incorporating spiritual themes and country strumming, the trio created a minimalist Americana sound that was complicated by Gordon Gano’s idiosyncratic whine and Brian Ritchie’s jagged bass-playing. With Dresden Doll-er Brian Viglione stepping in on drums as of this July, who knows what’s going to happen.
Thu., Sept. 12, 6 p.m., 2013