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.
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.
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.