Mike Herrera

Country singer/songwriter Harlan Howard, when asked about the necessary ingredients of a song, famously said "All you need is three chords and the truth." Well, what do you do when you're a veritable pop-punk superstar, still full of all that truth but looking to do something a little bit different than those three chords? If you're MxPx's Mike Herrera, you grab an acoustic guitar and try those chords with a little less chug and a little more twang and call it Tumbledown. Raucous in all the right places, Tumbledown finds Herrera writing gritty tales of bar fights, blackout drunk nights, and near arrests from the road, combining Social Distortion with the social networking sect. Playing a rare solo acoustic show, one can expect an evenly split selection of MxPx classics with some of the newer Tumbledown material, showcasing the finest of Herrera's hook-laden world. With Gasoline Heart, Seth Roberts. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Sun., Dec. 19, 8 p.m., 2010

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