The Hives

House of Blues

Rock ‘n’ roll doesn’t need saving, but it can always use another shot of adrenalin. That’s where the Hives come in. Their latest album Lex Hives is a ripper recalling the most arena-rocking guitar monsters ever—from T. Rex and Slade to Joan Jett and the Ramones, and then, of course, to lesser-known secret-society punk pounders like the Kids or Downliners Sect. If ever a riff could get a bunch of fists pumping in the air, it’ll end up in a high-velocity Hives song, and then later in your (possibly hungover) head. On Lex Hives, the single “Go Right Ahead” is one of the tame ones—the Hives know the value of a killer deep cut, so go right to “These Spectacles Reveal the Nostalgics” or “If I Had a Cent” to explore the joy in tearing your own head off.
Sun., Feb. 17, 8 p.m., 2013

 
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