punk/metal, 7 p.m.
It’s one of those questions that has inspired one long bong-water debate after another. Could the Enterprise take on a Star Destroyer? Who would win in a fight, Spider-Man or Superman? Is punk dead? When it comes to the latter, Kills & Thrills frontman Chris Vetter has an unlikely answer: “Punk? Never heard of it.” Of course, that’s the kind of answer we’d expect from a true-blue punk rocker, and there’s no doubt that’s actually what Vetter is. All you have to do is listen to Kills & Thrills’ 2010 EP Liars, a blistering collection of tongue-lashing tunes and three-minute furies. But that was then, and this is now. What has the Long Island-based band been doing lately? Wrapping up a recording session for one. “What was great is we all had a pretty clear vision of what we wanted to do and some new grounds we wanted to explore,” Vetter says, noting there’ll be no cover songs, which is a shame because their cover of “Ace of Spades” is killer. Vetter adds that the new record is packed with heavy-duty, dirty rock ‘n’ roll and a lot of new elements that the band has never experimented with before. —Chris Haire