Sunday night, the Hi-Tone Cafe brings in live music from across the globe in the form of Tokyo, Japan's all-girl surf/garage rock trio the 18.104.22.168's.
The 22.214.171.124's have achieved semi-legendary/cult status worldwide, thanks to decades (the band formed in 1986) of touring across the globe, as well as the band's cameo inclusion in Quintin Tarantino's modern kung-fu classic Kill Bill Volume 1.
Sunday's show at the Hi-Tone will be one one of only two total appearances in the United States by the band this year, making this gig a can't-miss fans of charmigly weird throwback rock and Japanese pop culture alike.
For my money, however, the best reason to attend this show might just be the opening act, Jackson, MS's Overnight Lows.
The Overnight Lows' debut album for local label Goner Records, City of Rotten Eyes, is a 12-songs-in-20-minutes classic punk rock tour-de-force, encompassing all the best aspects of the genre (loud, smart, snotty, catchy), while eschewing some of the more overdone cliches (glorified stupidity, political posturing, songs that all sound the same). The band is equally engaging live, making this show one to get there early for.
the 126.96.36.199's and Overnight Lows
Sunday, October 17, 10 p.m.
The Hi-Tone Cafe
$12 doors/$10 advance