GHOST MICE, YOUR HEART BREAKS, LIVING RHEUM, NANA GRIZOL
While I would generally prefer to stuff banjos in my ears than listen to most anything deemed "folk punk," I would gladly stuff my ears full of Bloomington, Indiana, duo Ghost Mice (with Plan-it-x Records). Chris Clavin and Hannah Jones tell stories of being young and in love, eating pizza, and dumpster-diving, and while it all may come across as ragingly posi, its overwhelming sense of humanness also keeps my cynicism in check. In songs like "Free Pizza for Life," the vocals teeter between self-awareness and elation: "So I jumped into the car/Told the driver to drive/As we sped off into the night, we yelled/Free pizza for life." If any heartfelt, acoustic, anarchist punk is going to win me over, this is it. Who doesn't like free pizza, anyway? With Living Rheum, a cleverly/grossly named folk collective from Portland, local fuzz punks Your Heart Breaks, and Nana Grizol. Heartland, 9 pm, $7–$10 donation.