The Murder City Devils

Has it really been 13 years since Spencer Moody and his band of organ-wielding, body-thrashing garage punks released their self-titled debut, Murder City Devils? So much has happened since the band exploded onto Seattle's punk scene: they released the genre-shifting Empty Bottles, Broken Hearts in 1998, recruited more members, broke up three years later, played a farewell show at the Showbox, reunited in 2006, and started to write new material this year. It's hard to imagine what Seattle would look like without them: maybe electric organs and pirate culture wouldn't be so popular. And maybe if the band had never broken up there'd be more post-punk and noise in Seattle's current music scene and less lo-fi and folk. Let's hope the band's new material is just as surprising as their old. With Past Lives, Cold Lake. PAIGE RICHMOND

Sat., Oct. 16, 8 p.m., 2010

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