Worcester rock city

By MATT PARISH  |  April 13, 2010

The Girls, on the other hand, rock it out nervous schizo style, with blazing twin guitar solos and rumbling punk beats grafted onto Led Zeppelin riffage. At the MassArt show, they turned the Room 181 classroom into an impatient tour through about a dozen schools of wood-paneled basement rock, bouncing among moody Uncle Tupelo shuffles, Ponytail goofing, and Frank Zappa noodling, with a thrilling touch of ADD.

It’s not every day that bands from Worcester make a run at the kind of Day-Glo rock you’d associate with Brooklyn and Baltimore, but why not? Worcester offers everything you need to deal with bandhood: cheap-ass rent, plenty of space, yearly harvests of college kids, and gads of inspiring post-industrial ruin.

“Worcester’s biggest enemy is itself,” says Milburn, bringing us back to the inferiority complex so many cities share. It’s a tune familiar to long-time local-scene stalwarts. But he adds, “People always seem to end up moving to Brooklyn or Boston. That’s changing, though.”

DOM + GOLDEN GIRLS + QUILT + THE LORD JEFF + TURTLE AMBULANCE | Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston | April 18 at 9 pm | 18+ | $7 | 617.566.9014 or greatscottboston.com

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