Pawtooth w/ Niche

When: Sat., June 29 2013

punk rock, 8 p.m.

Pawtooth often gets pegged as an ’80s-inspired act, and in a way, that’s pretty doggone true. But this Asheville, N.C. band is so much more. Case in point: Their latest song “Ringbeat” sounds like Siouxsie Sioux kidnapped the Go-Gos and tossed them in the Stooges’ Funhouse while Dick Dale dials in a lick from outer space. And their other recent tracks, “Paper Cut” and “The Hours,” are just as eclectic and even more badass. “We have never said, OK, we’re going to write a post-’80s-style song with lots of edge and modern feel. This doesn’t happen. We just make it up,” says Penelope Zing, lead singer for Pawtooth. Zing and company are currently working on an LP — the follow up to 2012’s Your Bullets Be Damned EP, which had a punkabilly-meets-the-’80s vibe at times. Zing says the disc won’t differ that much from “Ringbeat” and “Paper Cut,” which means there’ll be more melody, more keys, and more grooves. “I like not sticking to a niche,” Zing says. “It gives a lot of room for creativity.” —Chris Haire SATURDAY

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