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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bad Religion

Sunday, July 7 @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 10 p.m.

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Consistency isn’t a virtue that’s often romanticized in rock ’n’ roll, and it’s even less so in punk, but Bad Religion have built their career around it. In the three-plus decades they’ve been together, they’ve released 16 albums of melodic, socially responsible punk, almost all of which are pretty solid, and almost all of which sound pretty much the same (the lone exception is the 1983 synth-soaked oddity Into the Unknown, the band’s almost immediately forgotten stab at prog and new wave).

Bad Religion enjoyed some brief notoriety in the’90s, earning modern-rock radio play for a pair of singles from 1994’s Stranger Than Fiction, which remains their only gold album, but they’ve kept chugging along at the same pace even after radio lost interest in them. Perhaps not since The Ramones has a punk band ridden the same lane for so long with such reliable returns. Their latest album is this January’s True North, and you already know what it sounds like without hearing it. (Evan Rytlewski)