With the Cheater Slicks and the Chargers Street Gang. Saturday, November 30, at the Beachland Ballroom.

The Cynics 

With the Cheater Slicks and the Chargers Street Gang. Saturday, November 30, at the Beachland Ballroom.

The Cynics
  • The Cynics
Founded in Pittsburgh in 1984 by Get Hip label boss Gregg Kostelich and singer Michael Kastelic, the Cynics specialize in Nuggets/Pebbles-type garage rock -- proto-punk guitar stompers, folky tunes cut with psychedelic overtones, and most stops in between.

Despite having played together for nearly two decades (albeit with a constantly revolving rhythm section), the Cynics don't seem to like the recording studio much: The group's latest, Living Is the Best Revenge (recorded with like-minded Tim Kerr behind the controls) is its first studio album in seven years. The disc is solid, but the Cynics are still best experienced live, where their fuzzed-out guitar anthems really roar and their trippy ballads expand exponentially. Check them out and watch the trails, dude.

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