Friday, September 3, at the Gypsy Tea Room's Tea Room
Oil and water. Michael Jackson and children. Punk rock and popularity. They all mix badly, but no combination is worse than the watered-down punk rock that thrives at Hot Topic and TRL. The best punk sticks to the DIY ethos and requires a little digging to find, but that doesn't mean half-baked Galaxy Club bands deserve kudos for "underground" tags, either. Luckily, The Queers have struck a fine balance between well-known and unknown in their 20-year career, and their blistering play benefits from a satirical, middle-school sense of humor. If you want to shout along to "My Cunt's a Cunt" and "This Place Sucks," don't hold your breath for the MTV premiere. Instead, catch them live on Friday with straight-ahead Dallas rockers Max Cady.