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Fishbone: Show Preview 

Tuesday, Sep 9 2014

Most bands started in adolescence have the lifespan of houseflies. Not Fishbone. Created in 1979 by six teenagers — three of whom are still with the act — the Los Angeles crew soldiers on today, having survived drama within its personnel's personal lives and massive mutations of the music business. Aside from being one of rock's few well-known black bands, Fishbone gained fame for being one of the earliest American acts to play ska-punk. But more accurately, its electric sound grew to have more stylistic elements in play including funk, metal, and alt-rock. Matching its music, the act's shows have a reputation for being energetic, mosh-pit-and-stage-dive-friendly free-for-alls; it played its first at legendary L.A. venue Madame Wong's in 1983. Although Fishbone occasionally springs back into the news cycle (in 2011, a documentary on the group called Everyday Sunshine landed, and in 2013, the Roots mocked Michele Bachmann by introducing her to Fishbone's "Lyin' Ass Bitch" on The Tonight Show), it's generally inconspicuous nowadays. No matter: Rock history has already been written and Fishbone's spot is bookmarked.

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