For a stint between the late 70s and mid 80s, Washington, D.C. based punk/reggae band the Bad Brains were the most visceral live act on the planet. With tight musicianship and sets that ranged from blistering hardcore to joint-smoking dub, how could they not have been? But, much like most things in life, time knocked the quartet on the canvas. Luckily, 2007s Build a Nation proved they werent down for the count. Yes, the days of vocalist HRs back flips, head-first stage dives and rapid-fire singing have been replaced by stand-still performances and a more mellow lyrical style, but drummer Earl Hudson, bassist Darryl Jenifer and guitarist Gary Dr. Know Miller still rock the shit out of old tunes such as Right Brigade, Attitude and I Against I. And thats gotta count for something.
Mon., Dec. 8, 8 p.m., 2008