Mike Watt and Brannock Device
- Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 8 p.m.
- The Bottleneck, 737 N.H., Lawrence
- Cost: $11 - $15
- Age limit: All ages
Michael Watt was the bass player for influential punk rock band The Minutemen. When he was young, Watt's family moved to San Pedro, California, where he became good friends with D. Boon. Watt and Boon picked up bass and guitar, respectively, and in the mid-1970s, they formed a band called The Reactionaries. The band later became The Minutemen, and drummer George Hurley was added to the lineup. After signing with SST Records in 1980, The Minutemen began touring constantly, releasing a number of albums along the way. Their music was based on the speed, brevity and intensity of punk, but included elements of jazz, folk, and funk. The Minutemen were ended tragically in December 1985, when Boon was killed in a van accident.