The Used Tonight at Knitting Factory 

When Bert McCracken of The Used and Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance belt out their cover of "Under Pressure," no other modern act can give David Bowie and Freddie Mercury more of a run for their money. Since forming in 2001, The Used have amassed a fairly solid pop punk pedigree. Not only did ska/punk all-star John Feldmann from Goldfinger produce the band's first three albums, but McCracken also had a fling with Kelly Osbourne in the heyday of the starlet's reality TV success. For 2009's Artwork, The Used brought in Thrice and Panic at the Disco producer Matt Squire to give the record a noisier, darker feel. Describing the record's cover--a giant syringe injecting the word "art" into an arm carved with the word "work"--in an interview with Clink Music Magazine, McCracken said, "It involves ... the dichotomy between what the media and society thinks is legitimate artwork and what we know to be true. In a lot of ways the record cover represents media force feeding us stale and useless art whatever medium it might be."

With New Medicine and Far. Saturday, May 1, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $25-$50, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.

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