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Dwarves, JFA

  • The Frequency 121 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Photo by Pete Ingraham.

Photo by Pete Ingraham.

The Dwarves used to play sets that lasted 20 minutes at most and involved all sorts of violence, nudity, and hatefully repulsive behavior that was also really, really funny to watch. It was a hugely calculated schtick, but an effective one, and 1990's Blood Guts & Pussy is still a brilliant and indescribably stupid 14-minute document of '60's garage-influenced hardcore that stands up even when divorced from the onstage theatrics. Since then, the Chicago-founded punk band have become more sedate onstage, played longer sets, and flirted with ill-conceived accessibility moves that haven't suited them, which makes one wonder if there's a sell-by date attached to bands that make sex-obsessed idiocy their entire aesthetic. That the Dwarves managed to make it work as long as they did (up to 1993's Sugarfix) is in itself a bit miraculous. They appear here with the well-loved '80's Arizona skate-punk band JFA. —Mike Noto

Earlier Event: June 1
Maggie Faris (multiple showtimes)
Later Event: June 2
Tippy, Pat Keen, And Illusions