Remember the Nicotine Fits? I do. The garage-punk purveyors of songs like "Girls Like Heroin to Me" and "Soaked Sullen and Lost" wore their Stooges, MC5 and Radio Birdman hearts on their sleeves, and managed to do it without coming across as contrived or archaic.

In fact, when I moved here back in 2008, the Nicotine Fits were one of the first local bands that totally impressed me. And I guess they must've gotten word, because it wasn't long before they dissolved into the ether.

Until now, that is. Late last week, they agreed to do a reunion show at the Black Sheep, and according to the club's Chris Huffine, the band will once again be an ongoing venture ("at least for a while").

If you're into this kind of thing, it actually gets better. The Fits will be sharing the bill with Off!, which is the latest band from Keith Morris. Morris, punk-rock fans will recall, was the original vocalist in Black Flag — who I kinda think were better before Henry Rollins took over — as well as the Circle Jerks. It's all happening Sunday, Oct. 9, so you can't say I didn't give you advance warning.

Let's see, who else should announce that they're getting back together? How about Loverleigh? Lisa Show came back down from Denver to play Shuga's with Mike Stephens in late July, and they've now decided to bring Colorado Springs' favorite "sexy hate-core" band back to life. We'll keep you posted on upcoming gigs as they're booked.

Meanwhile, in all the excitement over our Sept. 8 Indy Music Awards Festival, we don't want to overlook the day-long event at Lofty's this coming Sunday. We already talked about it some in last week's column, but now we've got the full lineup. And it is: Desirae Garcia, Inaiah Lujan, the Flumps, Dear Rabbit, the Changing Colors, Briffaut, Grant Sabin, Chauncey Crandall and Mike Clark.

Apart from Desirae opening at 11, I've got no idea who's playing when, because owner Josh Kennard won't tell me. I'm not sure if that's because everyone playing is great (they are), or because he wants you to just come and hang out all day (he does), but given the lineup, you can hardly go wrong.

Not to be confused with Lofty's, but significant in its own right, is the Loft. The venue seems to be getting back into high gear lately, with a bunch of new bookings through September. This Friday, you can go there to see Caravan of Thieves, an awfully talented East Coast band whose gypsy jazz versions of Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" are a whole lot better than you might imagine. They've performed as part of that brainy TED conference series, and their bio promises that "if Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton's house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired." (Actually, I heard that really happened once, and that Caravan of Thieves WASN'T hired. But that may have been back before the band first got together.)

And finally, here are a few more shows to keep you happy this week. Eisley is at the Black Sheep on Thursday. (You can still read last week's interview with them at csindy.com.) On Friday, catch Malakai at the Triple Nickel Tavern along with metallic brethren Grindscape and Destined to Fail. It'll be Malakai frontman Chris Forsythe's birthday, so the show is free. And on Sunday, finish up the weekend right with Jake Loggins' blues jam at Johnny's Navajo Hogan. OK, y'all have fun out there, be safe, and come back next week, hear?

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