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9 Upcoming Concerts in San Antonio To End 2017 with a Bang

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Periphery + Animals As Leaders

Friday, November 17

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After being popularized by bands like Meshuggah, the “djent” movement, (which is basically rapid, palm-muted staccato guitar jabs, over heavy grooving metal beats) sort of peaked around 2011-2012 with bands like Periphery and Animals as Leaders leading the pact. In November, both bands will make an appearance at Alamo City Music Hall. Even though the genre has become less popular over the years, the technicality and musicianship of both Animals as Leaders and Periphery surpasses all those who try and imitate their sound. $25-$27, 6pm, Alamo City Music Hall, 1305 E. Houston St., alamocitymusichall.com.


Prayers

Saturday, December 9

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Founded by Rafael Reyes and Dave Parley, Prayers is a Chicano electronic rock duo based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2013 the group are credited with coining the term cholo-goth to describe the genre that they play which is sort of a mix of 80s synth pop and darkwave and have lyrics that explore gang and street life. Perfect for a dance party in a graveyard on the east side, Prayers has a vibe that honesty sounds like it came straight out of San Antonio. $15-$17, 7pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary's St., papertigersatx.com.



Agnostic Front

Saturday, December 16

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Ask anyone to make you a list of the best and most influential hardcore albums of the early 1980s, and you will see included, somewhere in the top 10 or so, Agnostic Front’s seminal debut LP, Victim in Pain. From the titular opening track, frontman Roger Miret’s voice bellows furiously, “Why am I going insane / Why am I the one to blame,” and the groundwork was set for hundreds of bands to come. Though the group hails from New York City, their blistering odes to family and unity are so ingrained in the San Antonio punk scene — musically and thematically — that the record may as well be an instruction manual on what punk here in S.A. is all about. If you’re a newcomer to the scene or long time vet, Agnostic Front is a must-see act for lovers of hardcore. $15-$18, 8pm, The Korova, 107 E. Martin St., (210) 226-5070, thekorova.com.


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