The band El Front carries various formidable torches, including those belonging to the Clash, the Pogues, Billy Bragg, Bob Marley, Woody Guthrie and the anonymous tradition of newsy musical radicalism that John Lennon courted on Sometime in New York City. El Front’s 2012 release Popular Revolt/Revuelta Populár is a vastly impressive 40-track magnum opus of global Marxist punkcraft and interstitial sound collage reminiscent of Negativland. The proper songs are kinetic, incendiary and – unlike so much of the revolutionary music after which they are modeled – well-recorded and artfully arranged. Reggae and dub effects are in full force.
On Thursday, March 28 at BSP Lounge in Kingston, El Front pairs up with a punk-ethos band of a different era in New Paltz’s infectious punk popsters Madre Padre, and with the wonderful and woody string-and-vocal trio Pocatello, purveyor of all manner of weird old rustic arcana. Pocatello kicks it of a 9 p.m., followed by El Front at 10 and Madre Padre at 11.
BSP is located at 323 Wall Street in Kingston. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit https:bsplounge.com. Check out more music at https://pocatello.bandcamp.com, https://elfront.bandcamp.com and https://www.facebook.com/madrepadremusic.