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Ringworm on Van Troubles and New Album, Hammer of the Witch

 

Ringworm. Photo by Scott Schumacher
Ringworm. Photo by Scott Schumacher

After 23 years, Ringworm has retained its credibility as a genre-defining powerhouse of hardcore metal through a simple formula: the perverse onslaught of listeners’ ears. The Cleveland outfit clobbers through speed-picked, palm-muted riffs — following in the steps of thrash gods Kreator — and conjures half-time breakdowns that elicit the hellion mosher in hardcore fans.

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Watch: S.F. Folk-Rockers Owl Paws on Making Their First Album

San Francisco folk-rock trio Owl Paws contrasts acoustic tones with a punk rock presence. When the band opens the three-act show tonight at the Chapel, you’ll hear a sound that hints at early-’00s indie-emo acts like Brand New, but rounds off with the modern folk elements of artists such as the Milk Carton Kids.

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Down and Outlaws fires off rock roots in new EP

Peter Danzig fronts the band Down and Outlaws at a performance at The Depot in the Cesar Chavez Student Center at SF State on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Photo by Adrian Rodriguez / Xpress
Peter Danzig fronts the band Down and Outlaws at a performance at The Depot in the Cesar Chavez Student Center at SF State on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Photo by Adrian Rodriguez / Xpress

A common love for Bulleit Bourbon and a shared idolization of David Bowie united members of Down and Outlaws on a smoke-screened journey toward raw, bluesy rockstardom.

On a summer night in 2012 at the SUB-Mission Art Gallery, the gritty stylings of Down and Outlaws entranced a live audience for the first time. Having played this year’s Noise Pop Festival and a first EP, “Backwards From the Dead” on the way, the San Francisco-based band is progressing — and fast.

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