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Sat. Nov. 02 - 9:00 pm - 21+ - MOTO - Since 1981, M.O.T.O. (a.k.a. Masters of the Obvious) have been playing all over North America, Europe, Australia, Japan (and most recently China) with their hook-laden brand of punk rock, earning them a worldwide cult following. The band has undergone numerous lineup changes (as well as being based in New Orleans, Boston and Chicago), but it has always functioned primarily as a platform for leader Paul Caporino's songwriting. Their massive discography includes hundreds of songs in a variety of genres (mostly punk rock), but also pop, metal, soul, noise music, garage punk, Americana and new wave. Today, M.O.T.O. is currently based in New England, touring and recording. Last year's album, NO WAY STREET is followed by two more recorded while Caporino was playing overseas: NO SLEEP 'TIL TURKU (recorded in Finland) and PACK YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS (recorded in Australia). Steve Albini, Cosmic Psychos, John Darnielle (Mountain Goats), Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound), King Louie (Missing Monuments), and Gary Burger of The Monks are fans of M.O.T.O., among many others. HOSPITAL GARDEN - listen "Somewhat 2nd-cousins of the Michigan music scene, Chicago's Hosptial Garden have spent the last couple years honing their dashing drones of feedback, piston-punched percussion and bendy-twisty solos to further elevate a knack for that distinctively sweet/sour, exquisite/cacophonous sensibility akin to seminal indie-rock. The band look to augment both sides of their coins on this, the noise gets noisier, the punk-elements get punkier, the sweet melodies get more poignant and the softer ballads bring the vocals further up front for full articulated sentimental affect - Jeff Milo (Deep Cutz) CROQUET Croquet is Chaetan Newell's inexorable right to do whatever he wants. This includes aiming a blow dryer at various woodwinds, playing four different instruments at once, and providing handmade stage backdrops for ambience, not to mention surprise hip-hop shows. Beginning in 2007 by way of Boston, this project's live show has spanned from one-man performance art to solid indie-pop quartet, from ethereal jazz improv to balls-to-the-wall psychedelic rock, and two things bind it all together: subtle complexity and raw, concentrated emotion. ROACH BEACH (members of Catfish Haven, Remaindermen, Lord) - listen Roach Beach is a bastardized homage to the bands they grew up listening too, Naked Raygun, Motorhead, The Descendants, and Judas Priest. For the sake of labeling you could call it stoner punk; fast, thrashy, and explosive but sludgy and dreary when necessary. Oddly, the songs evoke pop sensibility while maintaining a garage ethos rooted in punk and metal.