I remember when people thought the Cars and the Police were punk rock. It was, and still is, a patently absurd assumption. But aside from a few fleeting and homogenized incidences, the decades-old American music form is still relegated to fringe-of-mainstream consciousness. Institute is a good reason why. The Austin, Texas, group is a tightly wound, furious ball of energy. It’s a visceral listening experience built on Mark E. Smith’s verbal confrontations and the agit-rock, post-punked subversions of Mission of Burma, Joy Division and Wire. Like modern hip-hop, bands and artists whose influences predate their existence don’t usually impress me, but Institute is one of the rare few who can makes the old sound new again. It brings its timeless aggressions to Strange Matter on Friday, June 11. Richmond’s always-impressive goth punkers Lost Tribe, two-piece trashers from Madison, Wisconsin, the Hussy, and River City Shriekers the Nervous Ticks open. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $8. strangematterrva.com.
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