Concert Preview: Radwaste at Cafe NELA, Saturday, March 22

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Radwaste’s 1986 video “Capital

After a 25-year hiatus, Radwaste presents its own brand of tribal, post-punk music this Saturday evening at Café NELA, Northeast Los Angeles’ premiere destination for live underground music.  Founded by Los Angeles punk rock pillar John Talley-Jones (The Urinals, 100 Flowers and the Chairs of Perception), Radwaste features four drummers delivering earth-shaking beats to musical styling reminiscent of Gang of Four and Talking Heads.  Founding member Michael Kory, “It was inspired by marching bands, some of these South Central high school bands… we saw at the Street Scene Festival and they’d pound out this really wicked beat.”  This is a must see show for everyone who missed Radwaste back in the day and for all of the millennials who think dance punk was an affectation of the 00s.

This 1986 Los Angeles Times article from a column ironically named L.A. Beat captures the band.

Radwaste hits the stage at 8:00 p.m. sharp.  Café NELA is located at 1906 Cypress Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90065. 

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