Sheer Mag, the Best Arena-Rock Band on the DIY Circuit

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Philadelphia's Sheer Mag play in San Jose and San Francisco. (Artist Photo)

The Philadelphia band Sheer Mag channel the classic rock of the ’70s with the mustaches to prove it—and their live shows are out of this world. When I saw them a few years ago in the lobby of a tattoo shop, both guys and girls danced topless in the front row.

One thing about Sheer Mag is that despite sounding like 1976 Cleveland arena rock, they’re staunchly punk in spirit; they refuse to sign a record deal, they book their own tours, they put out their own records—and I like to think it’s paid off by preserving a lot of the fun that makes them special.

Sheer Mag play Thursday, May 31, at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, and Friday, June 1, at the Ritz in San Jose. Details here.