SLOW TRAVEL BERLIN
Black Flag, Lido, 9pm
Four bars. There’s something to be said about those slightly offset black stripes that form the logo for Black Flag. And since the hardcore punk band, formed in 1976, unveiled that logo to the world, it has been reprinted and reappropriated countless times, an homage to one of the most simplistic yet enduring music logos of all time. In fact, even Henry Rollins, lead singer of Black Flag from 1981 to 1986, said that before he had ever heard the music, the logo was what made an impression on his young mind.
Now, nearly three decades after the band’s official breakup and Black Flag has reformed. The current lineup features original member and founder Greg Ginn, whose brother Raymond was the person who created the logo. It also includes the band’s second singer, Ron Reyes, and newcomers Gregory Moore and Dave Klein. May saw the release of the new song, “Down the Dirt,” and the band has plans to record and release a new album, its first since 1985. But first, the legendary foursome will plays a handful of dates in Europe, with a stopover in Berlin, before embarking on North American and Australian dates.Natalye Childress
Lido, Cuvrystraße 7 10997 Berlin; 030 69 56 68 40; U: Schlesisches Tor; admission: €19 (in advance) / €24 (on the door).