Most people don't associate humanitarianism with tough, working-class street punks whose artistic bent tends toward songs about drinking and fighting. For Street Dogs, a band of politically minded Boston-scene all-stars fronted by a war vet turned fireman, community is the whole point in the first place.
As the band embarks on its "1st Annual Crooked Drunken Sons Tour," it's bolstering its lyrical platform with a real call to action. Along with the usual tour tees and discs, merch tables at each stop will be accepting canned food donations, for distribution to local food banks.
The band will also be offering an exclusive digital single called "War After the War," available on iTunes March 10, with all profits going to support the veterans assistance program Homes For Our Troops. So head out to Warehouse Live to check out one of Boston's most venerable punk outfits, and chalk up some positive karma while you're at it.
Oh, and try to remember to bring decent canned goods. Nobody else wants that 12-year-old can of creamed corn hiding in the back of your pantry.
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With Flatfoot56, Asher and Hell City Kings, 8 p.m. tonight at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483 or www.warehouselive.com.