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Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze II 

When: Fri., April 18, 7 p.m., Sat., April 19, 7 p.m. and Sun., April 20, 4 p.m. 2014
Price: $4.20-$26
The best record labels are the ones that establish their reputation as brands, such that fans will buy all of their releases just because they’ve put their name on it. So it goes with Tankcrimes, an Oakland-based label run by Scotty Heath that’s been carrying the torch for underground punk and metal since its founding in 2002. Run of out Heath’s garage, Tankcrimes has put out some sixty releases, including ones by local bands Ghoul and Impaled as well as Richmond, Virginia’s Cannabis Corpse and Municipal Waste. For only the second time, the label will throw a three-day showcase, beginning on Friday at the Oakland Metro (630 3rd St., Oakland) with Ghoul, Cannabis Corpse, Final Conflict, Iron Reagan, BAT, and Fucktard, continuing on Saturday (also at the Metro) with Municipal Waste, Negative Approach, Fucked Up, Impaled, The Shrine, Kicker, and Conquest for Death, and ending on Sunday at Eli’s Mile High Club (3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland), with Brainoil, Deny the Cross, Connoisseur, and “wild and unpredictable guests,” according to a press release. That final show will also include a barbecue and an art show featuring the work of Tankcrimes album art illustrator Andrei Bouzikov. Heath said he’s most looking forward to Final Conflict’s Friday set because the SoCal hardcore band will perform its classic Ashes to Ashes album — which Tankcrimes just reissued in remastered form — from beginning to end. For those who find joy in music that’s a metaphorical kick to the head, Brainsqueeze is not to be missed.
— Kathleen Richards


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