Dopestroke started off playing raucous, tradition-bound hardcore, and they've never swerved from that formula, but don't let that deter you - they're fun, and they sound like they're having fun in every one of their songs. Aggressive group vocals abound, as do crusty lyrics about negativity, depression, and society's ills, which are somehow transformed into a good time for all. Take a listen to "Social Loathing (I.II.III.)" for a primer on what they're all about - any band that delivers their screeds in movements are alright by me. This night promises to be a truly aggressive one, with Hound and GA$H rounding out the locals, and Illegals coming to us from Pittsburgh. Kung Fu Necktie, 1201 Frankford Ave., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Alyssa Greenberg
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