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Fishbone w/ The Mike Dillon Band 

When: Tue., Feb. 19 2013
Price: $17/advance, $20/door

wild hybrid of hard rock, punk, funk, and ska, 8 p.m.

One of the most innovative, eclectic bands to emerge in the 1980s, Fishbone pioneered a blend of rap, ska, funk, and hard rock that was vaguely similar to their close friends the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Though Fishbone has never enjoyed the same level of success as the Peppers, they’ve remained a live powerhouse that challenges stylistic boundaries with a keen satirical wit. Frontman/saxophonist Angelo Moore rivals Looney Tunes’ Tasmanian Devil for sheer frenetic energy and the band falls in behind. The albums have come less frequently — only two LPs and two EPs in the last 17 years — but they’re still in fine form on 2011’s seven-song Crazy Glue EP. It ranges from the punk-funk of “Gettin’ in That Ass” to the sinewy ska-funk paean “Weed, Beer, Cigarettes” and the metal stomping “Flutterbutter.” The band finally received some proper due in 2010 when the critically feted bio-doc Everyday Sunshine was released, featuring narration by Laurence Fishburne. It won film awards around the world. Fishbone just keeps plugging through their 34th year, featuring three of the founding members. Meanwhile Moore has stayed busy, releasing several solo discs since the turn of the millennium, including last year’s The Angelo Show. —Chris Parker

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