A rock concert, much like a seismologists' office party, often results in everyone getting rowdy and destroying their expensive instruments. Catch some fully licensed sonic chaos with this GrouponLive deal to see The Cult with Against Me! and The Icarus Line at the Congress Theater. For $13, you get one general-admission ticket on Friday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. (up to a $26.36 value, including all fees).
From breakout success on Britain's post-punk scene to a later heavy-metal conquest of America, the sound and style of The Cult has perpetually evolved while staying dependably vicious and viscous. Its current tour finds the band stomping and slithering through goth-tinged classics, such as “Fire Woman” and “She Sells Sanctuary,” along with scorching new tunes such as “Lucifer” from the just released Choice of Weapon, the band’s first studio album in five years. Live, guitarist Billy Duffy rides the frets, and enigmatic singer Ian Astbury commands the mic as if orchestrating a prison break. Astbury's moody mysticism owes much to his hero, Jim Morrison, whose band mates he joined for a Doors of the 21st Century tour, in which he took Morrison's role.
Lauded Florida punk-rock force Against Me! and LA rock troupe The Icarus Line light the evening's fuse. Against Me! attacks with pop songs smashed into shards and wielded as weapons. From underground beginnings as a raucous acoustic act, the band took on members and studio polish for 2007’s major-label debut New Wave , which was voted Spin's Album of the Year for its "massive beat" and thoughtful lyrics. The Icarus Line, steered by the yelp and purr of Joe Cardamone, lacquers the Congress Theater’s Italian Renaissance decor with guitar crunch that blurs the line between punk and late-period psychedelia.