Goth-punk trio Party Drag taking stage at The Atlantic

The punk trio Party Drag performs with The Routines and Breeze Haven on Friday at The Atlantic. (Submitted photo)

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 2:10 p.m.

Party Drag is a pretty righteous local goth-punk trio, composed of members of Towers of Hanoi and The Ex-Boogeymen. They kind of sound like Blondie with an edge, writing catchy, to-the-point pop songs that make the 15-year-old in you want to start breaking things. Blondie couldn’t do that. The band’s newest single, “Haterz,” is a particularly lush song for a three-piece, but it’s not overly complex and never distracts the listener from the fact that yes, this is punk rock.

Another single, “Tortured Kings,” is reminiscent of a more serious Nerf Herder (’90s punk band), with haunting vocals and melancholy chord phrasings, and a driving rhythm that pulls it all together to form a thoughtful, almost slow-danceable punk ballad. I’m just saying, if these ladies and gentleman decide to play at my party, it wouldn’t be a drag.

Go check them out Friday along with The Routines and Breeze Haven at The Atlantic, starting at 9 p.m.

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Local record label Elestial Sound hosts a summer showcase featuring the garage-rock sounds of locals Purse, St. Augustine pop-duo The Dewars, New Orleans, girl-group beach-party rockers Danny, Orlando soul-hop funk-rockers AMH, and local hip-hop geniuses MSNRA on Friday at Elestial Sound, 1123 SE Fourth St., starting at 8 p.m.

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Guitarist Ryan Gallant plays his last show with local pop-punk trio Houdini’s Liquor Cabinet on Friday at 1982 Bar. The show also features Nomore, Fair Traitor and Sweet Heat, starting at 8 p.m.

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The Jam and The Factory host their own summer showcase, aptly named Forever Summer Block Party, featuring funky-jammers Flat Land, hip-hoppetiers MSNRA and local alt-folk quintet Nook & Cranny along with The Savants of Soul, The Swamp Cats, Captain Lovely, Hungry Hearts Club and many other bands, plus art and food vendors on Saturday, starting at noon.

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High Dive celebrates its third anniversary Saturday with performances by rock ’n’ rollers Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves, Snakehealers, Gris Gris Boys and Valdosta, Georgia’s, Made Ready, starting at 9 p.m.

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Matt Radick’s (Holopaw, Blood River) alter ego, Ann Pragg, performs with Chase King and Boyd Shropshire on Saturday at The Backyard, starting at 9 p.m.

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The hilariously named touring acts Choral Reefr and Merlin Monroe perform their funky jams along with synth-bloopers Orchal and Vir on Monday, at Display, starting at 9 p.m.

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Ghost Fields performs along with Julie Byrne, Peace Arrow and Adam Lempel & Sunatirene on Wednesday, at The Backyard, starting at 9 p.m.

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