Formed in the late 1970s amid a crowded Southern California hardcore scene, Descendents sparked a pop-punk revolution with their catchy, melodic approach, which cribbed from new wave but maintained a razor-sharp edge. Despite being frequently sidelined by various hiatuses and offshoots—including going concern All, named for the 1987 Descendents record of the same title—the band has managed to keep its buzzy brand of skate-punk shockingly relevant over the decades, releasing seven faultless studio albums, including 2016’s Hypercaffium Spazzinate. Post-hardcore band A Wilhelm Scream and New Orleans punks Pears share Saturday’s bill.
DESCENDENTS Iconic four-piece punk band from Southern California. See Calendar Pick on p. 15.
A WILHELM SCREAM Melodic hardcore band from Massachusetts.
PEARS Punk band from New Orleans.