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Bad Dudes

8 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue

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Between its charmingly straightforward name and highly literal lyrics, Bad Dudes aren't leaving much to the imagination. On "Eat Drugs," technical, video-gamey guitar noodling seems to almost fight their garage rock-esque drums and buzzy bass, while the band brazenly sings, "I wanna do drugs, I wanna do drugs, but I'm afraid of drugs." It's the Pixies and Iron Maiden hopped up on Mountain Dew, playing Sega Genesis on a Friday night. (In other words, what Bad Dudes lack in subtlety they certainly make up for in style.) Plus, its unapologetic nature and heightened sense of irony makes the band a crucial part of the Los Angeles all-ages scene, along with fellow noisemakers HEALTH and the Mae Shi.

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