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Melvins with Unsane 

When: Thu., April 12, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $21

Last week, in advance of the Swervedriver show, I wrote that we're all pining for the Nineties. But it's more than just nostalgia we're after: It's also a longing for no-nonsense and well-crafted rock songs played by capable, road-tested musicians. If that sounds like an ageist rant, well, you may be right. But there is something undeniably appealing about a band that does something well without feeling a need to fuss with the format. Unsane has been doing just that for the better part of the last twenty-plus years. And with the recent release of its seventh album (and Alternative Tentacles debut), Wreck, the NYC post-hardcore noise-rock band (best known for its minor 1995 hit "Scrape") proves that time has not softened -- or changed -- it one bit. The ten tracks -- including a cover of Flipper's "Ha Ha Ha" and the uber-catchy "No Chance" -- are still a fitting soundtrack to urban decay: a dirty, heavy low end, with Chris Spencer's caustic vocals and metallic guitar cutting through the grime. In this case, "nostalgia" was never even an issue. Opening for the Melvins at the Great American Music Hall (859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco) on Thursday, Apr. 12. 9 p.m., sold out, but check Craigslist.

— Kathleen Richards


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