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This Friday's Free At Noon rock out to underground legends the Meat Puppets. Progenitors of American indie rock, the Meat Puppets were formed in 1980 by guitarist brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood with drummer Derrick Bostrom. Brandishing a hard, fast, and refreshingly sloppy edge, the trio grabbed attention early on from the emerging (pre-internet) network of underground music fans, zinesters, and SST Records. Signed by SST, their 1982 eponymous debut carved a loud, furious niche in hardcore history. Their second release, Meat Puppets II, was an unheard of fusion of acid country and straight- ahead rock but with an intact punk core. The American underground music scene would never be the same.
With releases such as the smoothed-out Mirage and the heavy Huevos, Meat Puppets built their reputation as experimentalists. The trio's fan base grew to include Kurt Cobain. Their vault to the majors was bolstered by Cobain's invitation to perform a few of the Puppets' songs together in New York. The band acquired short-lived mainstream success and broke up soon after.
In 2006, with diehard fans' enthusiasm, the original line-up reassembled and released a new album, Rise to Your Knees. With the addition of a new drummer, the excellent Ted Marcus, the Meat Puppets are as loud and fast as ever. Their latest, Sewn Together, is tight and does not disappoint. Released in May, Sewn Together is true to the Meat Puppets' legacy - ensuring a undeniably great Free At Noon.
When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. We have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!
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