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Nobunny at the Hi-Tone Cafe

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One-man garage-punk-band extraordinaire, Nobunny often has more covering his face than his body. When the Tucson native performs, he does so with his mask on. Nobunny shows are notorious for pairing silly gags and happy music with a dirty, party-party approach (read: sweaty old bunny mask and no pants). That combination has won Justin Champlin, the man behind the mask, the kind of dedicated following punk bands haven't seen for years. He's done everything from losing his voice onstage to double-booking shows and sending masked imposters to fill in, and his fans have loved him all the way. Though Nobunny pays tribute to his idols (the Ramones, the Cramps, and, from the sound of it, the late Jay Reatard), there's a surprisingly refined quality to the music. He gives off a lo-fi, I-just-made-this-up vibe that undercuts the chaos of his performances in a satisfying way. Nobunny's music is infectious, upbeat, and energetic as hell. Add to that the rowdy antics, and you're guaranteed an interesting night. Nobunny plays the Hi-Tone with the Spits (another idol) and the Oscars on Saturday, May 22nd. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover is $10. — Halley Johnson

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