Legendary Orange County punks Social Distortion roll through town this week, headlining an interesting and diverse bill that also includes the Toadies, the recently reunited grunge-era rock band from Texas that scored an unlikely smash hit in 1995 with the dark anthem "Possum Kingdom," and rising Canadian alt-country siren Lindi Ortega. To top it all off, local punk cornerstones Pezz will play the free after-party in the 1884 Lounge.
But the main attraction of the night is clearly Social Distortion. The band, best known for alternative radio hits like "Story of My Life," "Ball and Chain," and "I Was Wrong," is riding high after the release of its most recent album, the Epitaph-issued 2011 collection Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, to critical acclaim. And while the record might not be as essential as, say, 1983's Mommy's Little Monster or 1996's White Light, White Heat, White Trash, it still shows that frontman Mike Ness and company can still deliver tales of hard luck set to on-point punk riffs.
Social Distortion, the Toadies, and Lindi Ortega play Minglewood Hall on Tuesday, May 1st. Tickets are $28. Doors open at 7 p.m. Pezz performs immediately following the show.