Best Live Band: Trunkweed

City Paper loves this loud-quiet-loud rock of Trunkweed, which has found a way to renovate the surf-punk ’90s worship that’s been coming back in a big way these past few years, mostly by sheer intensity and a kind of stoned poetic ennui to its lyrics. The musicians’ increased confidence on the stage also coincides with a standout release, “Trunkweed Live, Man,” a terse live EP that not only captures the band’s more rowdy sound but totally improves on the enjoyable debut, “Days Of Haze,” adding more oomph and angst and sad-sack wit to the stoner songs they’ve turned into huge anthems, especially the soaring, sad ‘acid at sixteen.’

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