Metal/Punk, Rock/Pop

Jay Reatard, TV Smith of The Adverts, and Useless Eaters

When: Fri., July 10, 9 p.m. 2009

When Memphis garage/punk stalwart Jay Reatard plays the Hi-Tone Café this week, he might not even be the feature attraction of his own headlining, homecoming show.

Joining Reatard and his two-man backing band (bassist Stephen Pope and drummer Billy Hayes) in the tour van this summer is T.V. Smith, who was the frontman for The Adverts, part of the first wave of British punk bands whose seminal singles “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes,” “Bored Teenagers,” and “One Chord Wonders” are collected on the classic 1978 album Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts. Reatard says it’s one of his “top five albums ever.”

— Chris Herrington

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