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Our Picks For The Free, Three-Day Opening Of Paper Tiger 

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There's no easy way to build on the ashes of The White Rabbit, a music institution in SA for nearly two decades. But, throwing a free three-day festival with a stacked lineup of this caliber just might do the trick.

This weekend, the newly christened Paper Tiger will open its doors with a top-notch gathering that seems intent on establishing its bona-fides as a go-to destination for punk (Friday), psych (Saturday) and electronic music (Sunday).

Though each night features its fair share of unbelievable acts and over 30 bands in total, here are five you just cannot miss:

King Tuff | Friday | 5:15 p.m.

For a venue looking to be baptized in cheap beer and mosh sweat, King Tuff might be the high priest for the job. A purveyor of garage-glam rock, The King works and worships devoutly at the shrine of Marc Bolan, albeit one built from PBR cans, beat-to-shit Vans and pawnshop Stratocasters.

While Tuff packs the riffs and the swagger of glam rock's greatest, his sound holds the likes of Ramones, Dinosaur Jr. and Thee Oh Sees all in equal regard. It's easy to forget how many killer tracks he's amassed over his three albums, until he drops the riff of "Black Moon Spell" or climbs the nearest table, rafter or person to howl out the appropriately titled "Anthem."

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