Conscience of a Rock Star

Living Things bring their socially driven power-pop punk to Culture Room.

And I bet that teaming up with Marky Ramone for Tommy Hilfiger's throwback black leather motorcycle jackets will be a blast too — and then some. But this is no band to fall for the models, bottles, and drugs that characteristically plague those of their ilk, not when there are things to be burned anyway. Throughout their last tour, the band burned Bush, on poster and in effigy; now, though, they've got other items to conflagrate.

"We're burning the dollar bill as a gesture against Wall Street," says Berlin. "We just take about five $1 bills, which is not very much money. But since we only get $10 a day per diem, that's half of our cash!" And they're not the only ones to sacrifice. "We had homeless guys come up during South by Southwest and give us their own dollars. So the stage was like, we were burning Wall Street's dirty dollars!

"They've taken our taxes and spent them on luxuries," he continues, "and we're bailing them out, which is more than a little unfair. So I'm suggesting we take one dollar out of your tax money and burn it as a gesture."

Can you guess which three are brothers?
Can you guess which three are brothers?


Living ThingsWith Electric Six and Nothing Rhymes With Orange. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $12. All ages. Call 954-564-1074, or visit

Whether you decide to join in the bonfire this Wednesday, Lillian promises that Living Things will deliver "the unexpected." Me, I'm just hoping that they tear the fucking roof off the world.

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