BEST LET’S SHOW THE YOUNG PUNKS HOW IT’S DONE: Off!
Led with snarls and streetwise humor by SoCal punk originator Keith Morris (Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Flag), Off! delivered 40 minutes of hardcore punk at Frank, an airy hot dog and beer bar in downtown Austin. With guitarist Dimitri Coats' crushing riffs pushing against the rhythms of drummer Mario Rubalcaba and bassist Steven McDonald, the band raged in short, sharp bursts through crowd faves "Wiped Out" and "Jeffrey Lee Pierce," plus songs from the band's upcoming album Wasted Years. Never mind that this was a daytime set bathed in window light — things were rolling at peak intensity, as band and screaming fans both looked ready to smash up the place (but didn’t).