On the Beat: Kepi Ghoulie to headline a night of pop-punk Tuesday at Gabe’s

Kepi Ghoulie has been playing solo since spending nearly 20 years with the pop punk band Groovie Ghoulies. — photo via Kepi Ghoulie

Kepi Ghoulie w/ Miss Chain & the Broken Heels, Lipstick Homicide, Hooray

Gabe’s – September 24 at 7 p.m. ($5)

While punk has evolved into a genre that encompasses diverse and, oftentimes contradictory, styles and ideals, I’ve always been partial toward the bands that fall on the more campy end of the low culture spectrum. If you, too, prefer the kinds of bands that sing songs about monsters and pizza, enjoy the film Rock’n’Roll High School and prefer fun to self-righteousness, then this is the punk show for you. After playing with the garage pop punk band the Groovie Ghoulies for nearly 20 years, Khepi Ghoulie has been touring as a solo act and recording new music since 2008. His most recent albums include 2011’s I Bleed Rock ‘n’ Roll and Kepi for Kids which features songs with titles like “Dee Dee Taught Me How To Count” and “Spazz Out!”

Adding to the fun will be Italy’s Miss Chain and the Broken Heels who will be returning to the U.S. after extensively touring Europe. They will be opening for Kepi Ghoulie and then performing as his backup band. To get a taste of their ‘60s pop influenced punk sound and see some sock puppet weirdness, check out their video for the song “Calcutta.” Lipstick Homicide and Hooray will be opening the show, showcasing Iowa’s fierce pop punk realness. All of the bands playing are prime examples of pop punk done right and at $5, there’s no good reason to miss out on this one.

Rebecca Robinson is a street wise grad student, an unrepentant Texan, an amateur UFO enthusiast and a co-host of the Fuzz Fix on KRUI. For more info you can go to