City Paper is not for tourists
For those anti-establishment revelers who are dreading a chaotic inaugural weekend, the Warehouse is hosting the ideal response: “Nevermind the Inauguration: A Festival of Resistance.” Headlining the affair is Catharsis, a beloved North Carolina hardcore band that broke up in 2002 and recently regrouped for a few shows. Catharsis remains rebellious to the core, and not just because of its affiliation with anarchist collective CrimethInc: Over the course of eight years, the group also toyed with hardcore’s dynamics. Catharsis took hardcore and injected it with huge doses of pulverizing metal testosterone, flirted with reggae and ambience in a way that flew in the face of dogma, and created complex and lengthy songs long before Fucked Up’s David ever came to life. CrimethInc will reissue Catharsis’ entire discography as a massive, four-LP box-set called Light From a Dead Star later this month, but don’t use that as an excuse to miss one final glimmer from these hardcore luminaries.
Catharsis performs with Magrudergrind, Trophy Wife, Dead in the Dirt, and Los Gatos Negros at 6 p.m. at the Warehouse Theater, 645 New York Ave. NW. $16. (202) 783-3933. warehousetheater.com.