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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