Social Distortion, 9 Black Alps, Supersuckers, July 12 

at the Big Easy

Once again, a band whose members probably have kids older than the band members themselves were when they started in the business is back out on the road: Social Distortion.

Started in 1979 by Mike Ness, Social Distortion has been an iconic Southern California punk band for both listeners and the musicians who would follow in Social D's footsteps. In all the years they've been playing, the lineup has changed (except for Ness) but the music has remained the same and they continue to play a kind of stretched out, twisted beach sound unique to the land of golden boys and girls.

Most of Social Distortion's shows are sold out which is probably due to people clamoring to see Ness. But, those lucky enough to get tickets get the added pleasure of seeing the Supersuckers as well. This Seattle-based rock-country-punk band also has history on their side. Together in one form or another since 1988, these guys have stayed true to their rock roots, and while they take their music seriously, they don't take themselves very seriously at all. They're, enthusiastic and consider themselves the "greatest rock-and-roll band in the world."

Joining the punkers and rockers on this tour is a band you may not have heard of--but, trust me, you need to.

9 Black Alps is a rock foursome out of Manchester, England, who sound like what a rock foursome out of Manchester, England should sound like. Unlike the two acts they'll be on tour with, the Alps haven't been around since before Al Gore invented the Internet. The Alps' debut album Everything Is was released just last year, but in that short time they've garnered quite a following and with good reason: Their debut CD is great. The songs are varied but carry a signature sound and there's not a track on the album that shouldn't be there. With bands like 9 Black Alps and The Arctic Monkeys coming out of England, it makes me wonder if there's something in the water over there.

Wednesday's show is sold out, but check with the Big Easy before show time to see if more tickets will go on sale.

July 12, 7 p.m., $26, The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., 367-1212,

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