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Guitar Wolf, The Transistors, Mean Jeans 

When: Sun., April 15, 7 p.m. 2012
Price: $13.50-15
I learned the essence of Japan's Guitar Wolf personally from lead singer/guitar player Seiji the last time they played in town. About halfway through their set he grabbed my wrist and, with a little push from my friends, he pulled me up on stage. He gestured toward his screeching guitar; I picked it up and tried to hand it to him. He pushed it back hard into my chest, and motioned for me to put it on instead. He grabbed my wrist again, produced a pick from his mouth, put it in my hand, and with a fiery look in his eyes, he said, "Rock and roll!!" He pointed at me yelling repeatedly, "Rock and roll! Rock and roll!" He counted the band down from four, and then I rocked and rolled with them. I fretted furiously and strummed the strings until I bled. It didn't sound very good (I'm a drummer after all), but the experience showed me what was at the core of Guitar Wolf's philosophy—anyone can rock and roll. It doesn't just come from an instrument. ARIS WALES

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