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Blacklisted/Mental

Tuesday, November 29; Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, (3301 Lemp Avenue)

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If you thought hardcore was dead, well, you're just looking in all the wrong places. Featuring members of R'N'R and Righteous Jams, Mental stays true to hardcore's old-school roots, bringing to mind bygone acts like Underdog, SSD and Crucial Youth. Philadelphia's Blacklisted picks up where American Nightmare left off, combining hardcore's urgency and aggression with metal-influenced breakdowns. Their new collection, The Beat Goes On, showcases the band's uncanny ability to reconcile these two genres and is a great primer to hardcore's latest revival. But then again, don't take our word for it: Lace up your Nike Dunks and get to the Lemp to witness both bands' youthful energy yourself.

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