Ellen Degenerate

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Ellen Degenerate punk 50 Cent Thursday, June 12, at the Akron Matinee.

Ellen Degenerate is pissed off at everyone who's ever been called cool. The Akron punks' frame of reference may be a tad dated, but it gives them a long historical view that vindicates their vitriol. In "Tony Danza," singer Jimmy Beautiful lets you know who's the boss, sneering, "Tony Danza is so stellar/Banging Angela in the cellar." The band's sing-along love letter to 50 Cent may be sarcastic: "50 Cent is awesome/Awesome /Awesome" (repeat). And there's no mistaking the group's sentiments in "Indie Rocker," which couples "Stupid glasses are not cool" with "You should feel just like a tool." With Brad Shitt's bass guitar stirring the mix, Ellen Degenerate's powerful retro punk warrants every obnoxious second.

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