Ken Leighton 6 p.m., Oct. 18
The Gulag Carnies
Sound description: The band describes its sound as "good old-fashioned rock music, with a dance groove, and a punk-rock attitude."
Inception: San Diego, 2008
Influences: The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Against Me!, Bright Eyes, Rage Against the Machine, the Alkaline Trio, Tupac, the Minutemen, the Matches, Thrice, the Strokes
The Gulag Carnies were started by Mike and Smitty. They started by throwing out ideas for songs, before coming across Robert Laffoon. A few drummers later, they landed on Nick and now gig consistently, looking to break it.