Rock & Pop

Local H — As Good As Dead 20th Anniversary Tour

When: Sat., May 7, 9 p.m. 2016

Local H singer-guitarist Scott Lucas grew up in Zion, Illinois — a place that isn't exactly teeming with rock bands — and looked to acts like R.E.M. for inspiration. After all, those guys had come out of another small American town (Athens, Georgia) and ascended to international fame after being embraced by college radio. Originally, the band self-released a 7-inch EP as well as a few cassettes; it would become a two-piece by default after an original guitarist and bassist quit. And back then, two-pieces weren't as cool as they are now. The band signed to a major label in 1995 and its sophomore effort, As Good as Dead, became a huge hit as "Bound for the Floor," a song with sneering vocals that sounded like a distant cousin of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," became a hit on commercial radio. The band celebrates that album's anniversary with tonight's show which features original drummer Joe Daniels and current drummer Ryan Harding. The first set features Lucas and Harding; the second set features Lucas and Daniels playing As Good As Dead in its entirety. Both drummers perform with Lucas for the encore. (Niesel)

Price: $15

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