If Kim Jong Il had the gentle, delightful music of The Hugs in his life, would he still be so difficult?
Probably, but you should still go to one of the band's shows this weekend in Salem.
While the quartet's effect on international relations are still dubious, its music is pretty, pretty, pretty awesome.
The Hugs play loopy and freewheeling poppish rock that sounds a little British, with good reason. Although the lads are from Portland, in 2008 they toured in the United Kingdom, where they also recorded an album.
And amongst the people who discuss these things, The Hugs definitely are a band to watch for possible future world domination.
So you can say you saw them way back when. And, with an all-ages show and a 21-plus show on the slate, there's no excuse not to go.
On Friday, they'll hit the IKE Box starting at 7 p.m., with 1776 and Devil's Punchbowl. That show all-ages is $5 at the door, or $3 if you buy tickets in advance.
Then at 9 p.m. Saturday, The Hugs will be playing at The Space along with 1776 and Bottle Rocket. Cover is $5.
To check out the band's music, visit www.thehugsmusic.com
— K. Williams Brown