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Raw Nerves, Broken Water, Recessions 

When: Fri., Dec. 27, 8 p.m. 2013
I'm listening to Portland hardcore punk band Raw Nerves' Futile Efforts right now and am filled with inexplicable embarrassment for myself. On one hand, I really don't feel like this is me; I'm not cool enough to be listening to (or enjoying) this. I'm no beefcake, and abstrusely political lyrics may very well be my least favorite hardcore trope. But Raw Nerves are, musically, simply one of the best active punk bands in Portland right now. The band constantly toes the line between cheesy, half-ironic barbecue metal (the pick-slides; pretty much every performance from vocalist Mike Dubose) and underplayed sophistication and sensitivity ("Feudal Efforts," "Armageddon"). Like most purveyors of the genre, Raw Nerves are even more compelling live. So go see them. They rock! MORGAN TROPER

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