In the same vein as Tenacious D and Spinal Tap, Fortress of Attitude will make you laugh as hard as they make you mosh. The Pittsburgh foursome dons paramilitary apparel at its shows, but it's just a façade, says drummer Gregg "Dr. Genius" Zehentner. "If anyone tried to start a fight with us, we'd probably just run away." The group deems itself "a ragtag band of rock extremists, willing to spread rock and roll through any means necessary," but FOA really has a knack for mixing all things rock with all things dork. A sample lyric: "I'm Captain Rottenbottom of the S.S. Kiss My Ass / I pillage and I plunder and I read Leaves of Grass." It's safe to say most testosterone-high, militant rockers would not reference a transcendentalist poet.
Wed., July 26, 8 p.m.