First Band Out of the Garage

"Playing after the Woggles is dangerous," claims Professor Manfred "The Man" Jones, lead vocalist of the venerable Athens, Georgia, garage-dance band. But this isn't a homeland-security issue -- it's more like a severely severe blow to the overinflated egos of lesser bands and imitators. Predating the Dirtbombs, the White Stripes, and the Hives, the Woggles have been expanding their influence through crushing live shows and a steady stream of 45s and LPs since 1987. They survived the untimely demise of their guitarist, the Mighty Montague, in 2003, and are now touring with longtime co-conspirator and producer the Flesh Hammer as a full-time member. There's also a new, as-yet-unnamed album on the way, recorded with Rick Miller of Southern Culture on the Skids. Forget retro -- this music is pure, grade-A rock 'n' roll at the basement floor, three chords and catchy hooks swaddled in high-octane jet fuel attitude.

The Woggles play with the Electric Six at 9 p.m. Friday, October 7, at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $10, and the show is all-ages. Call 954-564-1074.

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