The legendary Manchester punk rock outfit—who emerged in the late seventies with bands like the Sex Pistols and The Clash, and whose records “Another Music in a Different Kitchen,” “Love Bites” and “A Different Kind of Tension” are some of the best of its kind, influential to no end and rightfully beloved—tour in support of “Flat-Pack Philosophy,” a fourteen-song endeavor that doesn’t quite have the impact of the band’s first three albums, but gets close enough. The Buzzcocks famously broke up prematurely while they we preparing their fourth record, stayed apart in the eighties, but reunited in 1989 and made records—fairly mediocre, unfortunately—throughout the nineties as a new band, with two new members. Thankfully, the original inspiration is still there, and while nothing new will match the original material, the Buzzcocks still command attention and, above all, respect. (Tom Lynch)
July 15 at Double Door.