Metro Santa Cruz Critic's Pick
There are plenty of names to credit for the miscegenation of country music and punk, but the Bad Livers may have been one of the first, and are certainly one of the most venerable.
Back in the mid-'80s, when most of their proto-cowpunk peers were engaging in the classist, parodic interpretation of country music that persists to this very day, the Bad Livers were taking the stuff seriously, which accounts for their longevity and impressive body of work.
People are still inexplicably shocked by the sight of a guy with a Black Flag tattoo picking a banjo, but it's a decades-long tradition at this point, and generations of tatted-up banjo-pickers have the Bad Livers to thank for that.
Don Quixote's; $10; 7:30pm. (PD)