Sure, January is only a few days away, technically. But that's still a lot of partying and show-going before we ring in 2011 and start going to so many shows that our ears start to bleed.
There are so many punk shows headed to our neck of the woods next year that we've decided to count down the top five punk shows that are making us look forward to 2011 in South Florida. OK, so technically two of 'em are taking place in Miami. But trust us, they're worth the drive.
The Dead Kennedys
8 p.m. Saturday, January 1, at Revolution Live
Tickets cost $16, plus fees.
We've already pretty much confirmed original lead vocalist Jello Biafra won't be there. Pffft. But we still think this show will be worth going to, hangover and all. Hey, they did say they were too drunk to fuck, but they never said anything about being excused because you're too hungover to party with them.
8 p.m. Friday, January 7, at Respectable Street
Tickets cost $13.
Our esteemed Erica K. Landau put it best, "The band fused the energy of hardcore with an attention to melody and a snotty defiance that was 100 percent suburban disenchantment. Gradually they became one of the most adored bands of their era, most notably for the 1981 release of the self-titled 'blue' LP."
8 p.m. Saturday, January 15, at Churchill's Pub in Miami
Tickets cost $13.
The Queers are next in an onslaught of '80s legendary punk bands to rejoin forces and head to South Florida. The heavily Ramones-influenced pop punkers have been referred to as "The Ramones meets the Beach Boys." We kind of agree when we think of the lyrics to tracks like "Punk Rock Girls" and "Love Love Love." But you can't mosh to the Beach Boys.
7 p.m. Tuesday, January 18, at Grand Central in Miami
Presale tickets cost $12, $15 at the door.
Yes, No Age is back... again. We caught them twice in 2010 at Sweatstock and during Art Basel, and we can confirm that this show will be worth the drive down south. You can expect tons of moshing and full-on male-driven raw energy, and with it slotted as an all-ages show, we're guessing pretty much anything goes.
7 p.m. Friday, January 28 at Revolution Live
Tickets are $24, plus fees.
West Coast skate punkers NOFX tend to veer toward social commentary more often than most. Ever heard their 18-minute single-track EP The Decline? Being the band with the second-longest punk song ever recorded should be motivation enough to go see 'em. But we're betting you'll also show because of nostalgia-inducing albums like Punk in Drublic. Talk about a cool album name.