Sound Fest 2011 is sort of like the anti-Warped Tour, a festival of all things punk rock, sans the compromise, corporations, and crunk (emo crunk, that is). Sadly it's also in Seattle, so unless you want to drag your liberty spikes up north you'll have to settle for the trickle-down talent, which in this case ain't too shabby. The Avengers are the stuff of legend, the Bay Area act fronted by Penelope Houston that reunited in 2004 and, ironically, have been around longer in their current incarnation than their initial run in the late '70s. (Fun/depressing fact: The reunited Dead Kennedys have been a band without Jello Biafra longer than they were with him.) Despite no proper full-lengths (although they have plenty of EPs and compilations) and two decades of dormancy, Houston & Co. still sound as lively as ever, still screaming about "fascist pigs" in their de facto anthem "We Are the One."
EZRA ACE CARAEFF