Gonerfest 7 Preview, Part 1: The Locals

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In a mere a seven years, local garage-punk label Goner Records has grown its annual Gonerfest from a fairly modest event to a full-blown five-day underground rock extravaganza. This year's Gonerfest promises to be bigger and badder than ever, featuring more than 40 bands from all over the world performing at the Hi-Tone, the Buccaneer, Murphy's and the Goner store.

With so much going on, and me, let's face it, not being the non-stop party animal I once was, I've come to the conclusion that some hard choices will have to be made. With that in mind, here's what I'm looking forward to the most this week (broken up into three categories):

The Locals

The Oblivians (Friday, 1:00 A.M., Hi-Tone): A now legendary Memphis band that I'm looking forward to — finally — checking off of my must-see-in-this-lifetime list.

Burning Sands (Saturday, 4:00 P.M., Murphy's): The newest offering from longtime scene vets Jeremy Scott (Reigning Sound, Harlan T. Bobo) and Quinn Powers (Final Solutions). Simple, catchy, raw rock-and-roll.

Data Drums (Friday, 2:30 P.M., Buccaneer): Anything-goes insanity from the Oscars' Chuck Vicious.

For a full schedule, see gonerfest.com

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