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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

C.O.C. vs. M.O.T.O.: a Wednesday rock 'n' roll faceoff

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One benefit of living in a town that supports a flourishing music scene is the frequency of multiple worthwhile shows happening on the same night. This week it’s happening tonight, when two 30-year-old bands riding second winds headline respective shows across town from each other.

Each one boasts an acronym — M.O.T.O. (Masters of the Obvious) from Chicago plays Star Bar, and C.O.C. (Corrosion of Conformity) from Raleigh play a show at the Earl — but both were born and revived on two wholly opposite ends of the spectrum.

These days, the melodic garage rock sounds that M.O.T.O. summons and the punk-gone-metal fury of C.O.C. overlap more than just a little in terms of both style and fan base. Support from acts like-minded enough that they fit either bill doesn’t help the turnout prediction, either. Barreracudas and Tornado Town open the M.O.T.O. show, and Coliseum and Accidents round out the C.O.C. show at the Earl. (Rumor has it that Alice in Chains frontman William DuVall will make a guest appearance with Accidents.)

Maybe if folks plan accordingly they can hit both shows. This is a good problem to have, right?

$7. 9 p.m. M.O.T.O., Barreracudas and Tornado Town. Star Bar, 476 Moreland Ave. 9 p.m. 404-522-3950.

$20. 8:30 p.m. Corrosion of Conformity, Coliseum and Accidents. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-681-9018.

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