Mission of Burma to play special benefit concert

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Mission of Burma have announced plans to perform a special benefit concert next month. The local legends will perform at the Regent Theatre in Arlington on Sunday, February 9 to benefit Somerville Local First. Tickets for the show are now on sale through the venue’s box office and website for $22 and $27. Peter Prescott will pull double duty by also performing with his other project Minibeast, while local punk rockers Bugs and Rats will open the show.

Unsound, Mission of Burma’s last studio effort was released in 2012. The band’s fifth album and follow-up to 2009’s The Sound the Speed the Light was recorded in Boston with original members Roger Miller (guitar, vocals), Clint Conley (bass, vocals) and Peter Prescott (drums, vocals) sharing the songwriting credits. The band’s regular fourth member Bob Weston (of Shellac) provided the tape loops and production duties. Unsound marks Mission of Burma’s fourth album since they ended their 20-year hiatus in 2002. The influential trio was originally together from just 1979 to 1983.

Established in 2008, Somerville Local First is a non-profit organization that is committed to supporting a diverse economy in Somerville, Massachusetts that is local, sustainable and fair. Its mission is to “increase the ability of independent businesses to thrive in our community by supporting one another while protecting the well-being of future generations”.

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