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The Bouncing Souls Return to Webster Hall

June 7th, 2012


The Bouncing Souls hardly need an introduction to any fan of punk music. The New Jersey quartet has been together for more than two decades and even came though Webster Hall in 2009 to celebrate their 20 years as a band. They’ve always brought superb smaller bands to open for them, especially in their more established years. And when they play Webster Hall on Saturday, they’ll do so with Cheap Girls, out of Lansing, Mich., and Garden State friends Static Radio. Cheap Girls play the type of no-frills rock with lots of melody—in the vein of the Replacements and ’90s bands like the Lemonheads and Superchunk—that has gotten them touring spots with the likes of Against Me! and the Bouncing Souls (above, playing “Kids and Heroes” for fearlessmusic.com). While 2008’s Find Me a Drink Home and 2009’s My Roaring 20s earned them notice from several critics, this year’s Giant Orange has already received great praise and will ensure this band doesn’t fly under the mainstream radar for long. The simple love song “Her and Cigarettes” is a fan favorite and the first single off Giant Orange, “Ruby,” is a wordy power pop gem. —Kirsten Housel