Rock/Pop

The Expendables

When: Mon., Feb. 6 2012

When it comes to ska and reggae, Americans and Brits have been ripping off, or, if you prefer, paying homage, to Jamaican music for decades. Along the way, the music has gotten watered down with enough pop-punk to make the Anglo-American version sound even more generic than nature had intended. Still, that hasn't stopped the Expendables from continuing on for well over a decade and touring with plenty of higher-profile stoners. After describing the California band's music as "forced, cookie-cutter and hackneyed," Absolute Punk went on to conclude that "the Expendables clearly have a foot in the door. It's not one that should probably be there though." Still, your mileage may vary, in which case you can go see them at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) with MTHDS, Through the Roots and Fortunate Youth. Doors open at 7, with tickets $18/adv, $20/door, all ages. — Bill Forman

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