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If Muffs front woman Kim Shattuck regrets days gone by, as she sang during the final song of her band’s 100-minute set at Soda Bar, you’d never know it — she and bandmates Ronnie Barnett and Roy McDonald seemed more than content entertaining a packed house with some of the best pop-punk of the 1990s.

Other than appearing in the 1997 Robin Williams comedy Father’s Day and having one of their songs appear in a Fruitopia commercial, the Muffs were tragically underappreciated during their prime. But, after 23 years, the L.A.-based trio left no doubt to an enthusiastic North Park crowd that they’re still going strong. Shattuck’s menacing scream, the signature of the band’s sound, was in full force during songs such as “Red Eyed Troll” and “Ethyl, My Love” and proved a worthy complement to the group’s runaway train of a rhythm section.

The band played a handful of new songs that, thankfully, recall their ’90s glory days, but they primarily performed material from said glory says. Even if she does regret anything about those days, it’s the title of the evening’s closing song, “Saying Goodbye,” that fans hope Shattuck and her bandmates don’t really mean.

  • Concert: The Muffs
  • Date: March 3
  • Venue: Soda Bar
  • Seats: General
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