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Anvil demonstrates several undeniable truths: After 39 years, the band continues to rock; and its sophomore album, 1982's "Metal on Metal," is still a classic. The documentary "Anvil: The Story of Anvil" — the cover features frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow wearing nothing except a strategically placed guitar — paints a charming portrait of the band that has endured while never having reached the heights like some of its peers. Anvil may not pack arenas, but the passion that Lips and drummer Robb Reiner bring to the stage is real, and it's made even better when it's right in your face.

Anvil performs with Lich King, Obsessor, and Clyde on Sunday, May 15, at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Avenue. 9 p.m. $15-$20. bugjar.comfacebook.com/anvilmetal.

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