And loving every minute
So, it's no longer good enough to be just a plain old voter. Both political parties are scrambling to get the attention of the Latino voter, the female voter, and the retired veteran voter. And now the punk voter? Yes, that's right. The group known for getting the societal shaft has its own union of sorts. At Punkvoter.com, you can read up on the candidates and catch stories you'll never get over at Fox News. Here you can also get the tour dates of punk acts taking part in Bands Against Bush shows across the country. While everyone from Joan Jett to Jello Biafra has signed on to get the vote out, other bands get in the van and hit the live venues. Gainesville's own Hot Water Musicis one such band down on Dubya. The post-hardcore band is on tour in support of its new CD, New What Next. Catch the boys at 6:30 p.m. today at the Factory (2674 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) with Strikeforce Diablo and Don't Look Down. Get involved in the political process -- or just bitch about it in the parking lot. The all-ages show costs $11. Call 954-564-ROCK. -- Terra Sullivan
Reelin' and stompin'
OK, so maybe as Americans, we're a little single-minded about certain things. Take Irish culture, for instance. Imagine St. Patrick's Day. Now, quickly assess the first image that comes to mind. It's alcohol, isn't it? Ah, but the real fruits of Irish culture have as much to do with song and dance as with beer and whiskey. And if you're a fan of traditional Irish music, then the names Keane and Molloy probably ring a bell. Seán Keane and Matt Molloy, of Chieftains fame, are long-celebrated names in Irish culture. So, in keeping with family tradition, their sons, Paraic Keane and Peter Molloy, bring Between the Jigs and Reels on Saturday to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). The Chieftain progeny (accompanied by a dance group) gets the jig started at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30. Call 954-462-0222. -- Jason Budjinski
Second time's the charm
Bands are like computers; sometimes they just have to log out, shut down, and restart after some much-needed time off. When Fort Lauderdale's Chlorine got to that point, the band took a two-year break and reemerged with clear heads and a new name -- Catalonia. With its new name came new songs and a new CD. Judging from the sounds on this disc, the band didn't squander its free time getting loaded and fretting about a record deal. Carefully crafted melodies and thought-provoking lyrics (imagine that!) don't just happen overnight. Think Brit pop meets Weezer. Catalonia plays a CD-release show Sunday at Maguire's Hill 16 (535 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Admission costs $5. Call 954-764-4453. -- Jason Budjinski
The Other Iglesias
No, he's not another one of Julio's sons. Even though comedian Gabriel Iglesias has five brothers, Enrique's not one of 'em. But either way, gabbin' Gabe's amusing stories are a sure-fire hit, whether he's on TV or on stage. Iglesias performs Thursday through Sunday at the Palm Beach Improv at CityPlace (550 S. Rosemary Ave., Ste. 250, West Palm Beach). Tickets cost $15.90 to $18.02. Call 561-833-1812. -- Jason Budjinski