Quick, name a zillion-selling white -guy rock musician who is and has always been a loudmouthed anti-racist? Bono doesn't count, because we don't like his music. And we realize that Billie Joe Armstrong is a stand-up guy, but
we don't like his music. The point is, nobody is Joe Strummer anymore. Although Strummer and the Clash were viciously criticized during their heyday as "sellouts" (boy, you never hear that one anymore, do you?) he remained informed, articulate, brilliant, and highly political until his untimely death in 2002. At the annual Joe Strummer Tribute, bands gather to play his music and sing his praises. This year's lineup includes Sistas in the Pit, who describe themselves as "sexy rock, black girl style," underrated Cupertino ska band Monkey, and Interchords, who backed up Billy Bragg at last year's show.
Sat., Aug. 21, 9 p.m., 2010