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It’s a fruitful moment for fans of late-20th century punk rock. Niche outfits like The Promise Ring and The Impossibles have stumbled upon relevance, even post-indefinite hiatus. Japandroids are converting a new batch of kids and critics to emo that echoes Alkaline Trio, Face to Face, and Through Being Cool-era Saves the Day. Post-hardcore icons like Glassjaw and At the Drive-In have reassembled to headline summer festivals. Now, Sweden’s Refused is gigging again, 14 years after putting out a record so slept on that Pitchfork neglected to review it in 1998, but handed down a 9.4 rating for its 2010 reissue. The Shape of Punk to Come is what makes a Refused reunion show so exciting: It’s a massively influential work that hasn’t been properly fleshed out live. The fiery anarchists flamed out months after its release; Harrisonburg, Va., was the site of their final battle in 1998, and the cops shut down that show after four songs. Nerds remember Explosions in the Sky’s perfect score for
Friday Night Lights, but the catharsis of the Texas 5A state-title throwdown was forged from Refused’s “New Noise.” It’s game time. Refused performs with Off! at 8 p.m. at Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $30. fillmoresilverspring.com. (301) 960-9999.