The Lawrence Arms with The Blackout Pact, Latterman and The Commies 

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The Lawrence Arms with The Blackout Pact, Latterman and The Commies The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave. Monday, March 13, 8 p.m. $10, all ages; call 227-7625 or visit ticketweb.com.

Chicago's The Lawrence Arms never have had a problem calling people out. Previous songs have taken on Dashboard Confessional, Joyce Carol Oates and others, and tracks on their new album, Oh! Calcutta! (Fat Wreck Chords) are no different.

Issuing challenges to what seems a drunken, punk-rock brawl is what the boys do best. Having attracted attention with his nonstop anti-Bush tirades, singer/bassist Brendan Kelly even managed to snag a spot on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart.

But with fame comes the infamy. Oh! Calcutta!'s bonus track, an atypical alt-country number, recalls them getting booted from the Vans Warped Tour. See, The Lawrence Arms were commenting on how the tour was run, and that didn't sit so well with the Warped folks.

"They thought I was ungrateful, trying to stir shit up," says Kelly. "And I was. I don't need that fucking tour. It basically takes all the bands that would tour during the summer, and puts them together. Then all of these supporting bands don't have anyone to tour with, and as a result, all of these small clubs close down, because there's no summer tour circuit."

Kara Luger


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