When I was in high school, there used to be this great show on 91X on Sunday nights called Backstage Pass. Bands performed live and were interviewed, and for the time, before the internet was ubiquitous, it was one of the only ways to feel close to a band and its stories. I remember recording one specific show to a cassette tape. The band was Social Distortion, and I remember hearing "Prison Bound" and not only falling in love with the band but eventually with the hot guy in high school who chain-smoked and had a Social Distortion tattoo (the trademark smoking skeleton in a fedora). Though I outgrew the band -- as my tastes have certainly changed through the years -- it's easy to look back on those Social D days of my youth and still feel a fondness for the music that had a pretty major part in the path that my life took. Along with Blink-182, Pennywise, DMC and Everlast, tonight's Wrex the Halls is a show that 17-year-old me wouldn't miss.
Sunday, Dec. 11:
91X Wrex the Halls, featuring Blink-182, Social Distortion, Pennywise, DMC, Switchfoot, Everlast, Mutemath @ Valley View Casino Center (formerly Sports Arena), New Found Glory, Fenix TX and Set Your Goals in the parking lot from 3-6 p.m.)
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, the Loons , the Soft White Sixes @ Casbah