by Robert Bell
THE YOUNG RAPSCALLIONS
10 p.m. Juanita's. $8 adv., $10 day of.
OK, so I suppose the first thing to get out of the way regarding The Young Rapscallions: McLovin' plays drums for the band. Yessir, I refer to none other than actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse, known for his memorable roles in "Superbad," "Role Models," "Kick-Ass" and others.
Which, hey, that's kinda cool. And that's all it would be if the band sucked. But the band does not suck. I was kind of expecting some whiny teenybopper stuff, but was pleasantly surprised by muscular guitar rock that wears its influences well.
After listening to the band's solid recent EP "it is what it is," I'm convinced that these dudes might just have a really good record, or even several, in 'em. Influences from the rock canon abound, such as on "it is what it is/Quit Milling About," which boasts some really satisfying Radiohead/Floyd guitar heroics. "Ideas" is a heavily Smashing Pumpkins- and Nirvana-inspired 3-minute rager with just a hint of Sabbath worship.
The band plays Saturday with The Revolutioners and The Supporting Cast and Sunday at 8 p.m. with JT Woodruff (of Hawthorne Heights), Mark Rose and Boom the Wheel.