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Lil Dowager 

When: Thu., April 28, 8:30 p.m. 2016
Price: $7
HemlockTavern.com
Oakland band Lil Dowager makes hardcore with splintery instrumentation and jarring vocals. Straying outside the genre’s rigid template, the band juxtaposes groovy bass lines with abrasive feedback, static, and short bursts of aggressive, jagged guitar riffs. Their latest record, Never Too Late to Hate, is a concise, four-track auditory assault — which, if you’re a hardcore fan, is definitely a positive thing. The band performers at Hemlock Tavern with San Francisco punk band Toyota, a four-piece that makes hyperactive tracks that parody capitalist clichés and the ethos of efficiency and mass production. Toyota’s debut tape, last year’s Concept Model(s) I-V, contains dense, frenetic instrumentation arranged in asymmetrical and unstable ways. Noise rock bands Lysine and Unraze, the latter of which is celebrating the release of its new 7” record, will also be joining Lil Dowager and Toyota on the bill.
— Nastia Voynovskaya

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