Legendary pioneers of folk punk
Before there was Americana, folk punk, or any other fusion of roots music with rock's forward edge, there were Violent Femmes, who were discovered by Chrissie Hynde playing on the sidewalk of a Milwaukee venue where The Pretenders to appear (she invited them on stage, and the rest his history). The band has split up and reunited several times since then, each time with Gordon Gano as the lead vocalist—and it seems as though they've found continuing demand for their music simply because in many respects the rest of the rock world still hasn't caught up with them. That, and they've recorded ten albums, all of them fresh and vital (along with a version of the SpongeBob SquarePants theme. Violent Femmes come to Michigan with a new album, "2 Mics and the Truth." Folk punk singer-songwriter Brett Newski opens.