Rock & Pop

The Mekons/Johnny Dowd

When: Thu., July 16, 8 p.m. 2015

Mekons singer Sally Timms admits it’s “nigh on impossible” these days to get the motley crew that makes up the Mekons to embark on a tour together. Since members are spread out all over the globe (the band formed in England in the '70s but some members now live in the states), it requires a certain amount of coordination to bring all the members together as the group is doing for this summer's short full band tour that includes tonight's gig in town. And yet despite the fact that members live on different continents, the current Mekons lineup has essentially remained intact since the mid-’80s when it issued a string of terrific albums such as The Mekons Rock ‘n’ Roll and Fear and Whiskey, albums that blended punk rock and alt-country in a novel manner. With their bellowing vocals and folk-y instrumentation, Fear and Whiskey songs such as “Last Dance,” “Flitcraft” and “Darkness and Doubt” sound like the Pogues if they were a post-punk band inspired by Gang of Four. (Niesel)

Price: $22 ADV, $25 DOS

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