What’s in a Name?

Listening to early recordings of No Use For a Name, you’d think it was a totally different band from the one that’s currently (reluctantly?) going by that moniker. Lineup changes aside, NUFN has come a long way since its more metal-inspired days in the late ´80s. While many of the band’s peers (cough, Pennywise, cough) have been rewriting the same song for 15 years, NUFN frontman and melody-maker Tony Sly has never sold himself short as a songwriter. The band’s latest album, 2005’s Keep Them Confused, isn’t the non-stop, galloping skate-punk the band built its (unnecessary?) name on but a well-honed mix of upbeat rockers and softer, introspective tunes. It’s enough to please Mohicans and bedheads alike. NUFN performs Wednesday at Culture Room (3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale). The show starts at 7 p.m. with openers I Am the Avalanche, the Suicide Machines, and Versus the World. Tickets cost $14.99. Call 954-564-1074, or visit www.cultureroom.net.
Wed., Feb. 22