Social Distortion was one of the most important, and sonically unorthodox, punk bands of the 1980s. Known for combining punk ethos with the hard-luck narratives and distinctive drawl of outlaw country,
Social D (the preferred diminutive of the group’s fans) all but invented the hybrid genre “cowpunk.” The band has gone through numerous lineup changes in its sporadic, 32-year existence, highlighted by such essential albums as “Mommy’s Little Monster” and “Prison Bound” and the only cover ofJohnny Cash‘s “Ring of Fire” that rivals the original. Tours have been rare and intermittent, so it’s pretty exciting that the Mike Ness-fronted band will be playing the Fillmore Miami Beach Saturday night, touring in support of their forthcoming seventh studio album, “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.” Lucero and Frank Turner will open the show. Tickets are $28. Visit Livenation.com.
Speaking of rarely touring, 1980s legends playing Miami Saturday, you should head over to Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., after Social D gets out to seeNitzer Ebb. Surfacing from the U.K.’s burgeoning industrial dance music scene in the early part of the decade, Nitzer Ebb’s sound was defiantly uncommercial – a militaristic aesthetic in which synthesizers throbbed with jackhammer force and aggressive vocals were shouted with evangelical fervor. “That Total Age,” the band’s 1987 debut for Mute Records, is a landmark of electronic music. Nitzer Ebb split up in the mid-’90s only to reunite in 2006. The Miami stop, the group’s only show in Florida, will support its newly released comeback album, “Industrial Complex.” Tickets are $20 and are available on Grand Central’s website. Doors open at 11 p.m.
And just in case two shows weren’t enough, somebody by the name of Roger Waters, who was in some group called Pink Floyd, will be playing some album called “The Wall” in its entirety at the BankAtlantic Center, 1 Panther Parkway in Sunrise, on Saturday and Sunday night. Admission price ranges from $48.75 to your first-born child. Call 954-835-8000.
At the complete opposite pole of South Florida, FAU’s John D. MacArthur Library on the university’s Jupiter campus is hosting an exhibition of work by California artist Derek Weisberg titled “You Were Almost Extinct, Too.” A sculpture artist, Weisberg works with ceramic, wood and mixed media, mostly comprised of found objects discovered around his neighborhood. The artist’s grandparents, who reside in West Palm Beach, are among his biggest fans, many of whom ascribe epic spiritual meanings from his deceptively crude, sometimes unflattering physical portraits. If you can’t check it out this weekend, you have until Dec. 6, and admission is free. Weekend gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 11 p.m. Sunday. For information, call Ethan Allen at 561-799-8030.