Local garage-freaks Free Associates play the kind of wild, unadorned rock and roll music that suggests the band’s members were raised on a steady diet of Nuggets (or at least the wave of revivalists that followed in that seminal compilation’s path). But the band’s songs are nastier nuggets—ferociously flailing, drugged-out anti-anthems, like bad-karaoke “Louie Louie” on Link Wray LSD. It’s ugly, sneering and a lot of fun. Meanwhile, the chameleonic k i d s, which will open Saturday’s Caledonia spectacular, has undergone yet another set of personnel and stylistic changes over the past few months, having evolved from a seedy, reverbed-out R&B project to something sleeker and more straightforward.
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