Formed just over forty years ago in Manhattan Beach, California, though they’ve broken up and reformed numerous times since (and have been back on their latest tear now since 2010), the Descendents are one of punk’s most dependable acts, setting the template for contemporary pop punk decades before it came in vogue. Their full-length debut, Milo Goes to College, is a certifiable punk classic, and since their most prolific era in the ’80s, the group have managed to pop up roughly once a decade with a new LP, each time electing to stay true to their roots while filtering their sound and musical experience through a slightly more modern lens. The band’s latest and first release in 12 years, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, arrived in 2016, met with high critical praise, and they’ve been touring intermittently in support ever since.
Tonight, May 25, the legendary group play Nashville for the first time in years (the last we can find is a show in the late ’90s, but they might have slipped back more recently as part of a larger tour), at Marathon Music Works. Buzzy up and coming garage punks Radkey have been tapped to support, and Raelyn Nelson, the country-tinged garage rocking granddaughter of the legendary Willie Nelson, will kick things off. Needless to say, this show is an absolute must for punk fans, and in the handful of times we’ve been lucky enough to catch Descendents outside of Nashville over the years, they’ve never been anything less than an energetic, inspired, and nostalgic good time. Grab tickets here while they last!
Descendents, Radkey, and Raelyn Nelson will perform tonight, May 25 at Marathon Music Works. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $35.