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Sparta, Glassjaw, Hot Water Music and Dredj

Tuesday, March 4, at Liberty Hall.

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In an annual snub, for the eighth year running, Canadian sorta-reggae rapper Snow has rudely been left off the bill of the tour that takes his name, Snocore. Instead of celebrating the man who brought the world 1993's chart sensation "Informer," Snocore deigns to celebrate angsty post-stuff rock. This year's avalanche includes the driven-in emo punk of Sparta (pictured), Glassjaw's fractured metal, Hot Water Music's aggressively endearing hardcore and Dredj's anything-goes prog rock. And even though those bands are all fine and good, until Snow's slight is recognized and rectified, we must all sadly suffer another year absent of any licky boom boom down.

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