MONDAY, MAY 4
Darin Gray + Tyler Damon
Timeghost (Providence, RI)
What We Won't See
@ William A Kerr Foundation / 21 O'Fallon St.
7:45 p.m. / $10 / all ages
Word is Darin Gray and Tyler Damon are opening this show on the roof of the Kerr Foundation, which should be brainsplitting enough. Providence, Rhode Island's Timeghost brings a live noise terror that has to be seen and believed in person, so forget checking grainy cellphone videos via Youtube -- it's not worth it. If anything, clips would spoil the surprise. If you ever take advice from this blog and actually go to a show, make it this one.
TUESDAY, MAY 5
Rhythm of Cruelty (Edmonton, AB)
Veil (first show)
8 p.m. / $7 / all ages
Rhythm of Cruelty brings that gothic vibe to straight-laced punk in a way that isn't overt or overbearing. There's a lot of subtle nods to other styles going on -- think post-punk, no-wave, even hints of shoegaze. Veil is the newest band from players of many old favorites, so there's not a lot to go on, but that shouldn't matter. Bring a hardhat for the Warden.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6
Darsombra (Baltimore, MD)
Tory Z Starbuck
@ Koken Art Factory / 2500 Ohio
If you have a low tolerance for psych, this might be too tinged with the stench of incense, but embrace the swarm of synth and noisy riffs. Darsombra is just barely not-hippie. Paired with hypnotic projections that flow in tandem, the band's cyclical sound feels droney, even meditative.
FRIDAY, MAY 8
New Music Circle presents:
Tim Berne's Snakeoil (NY)
@ The Stage at KDHX / 3524 Washington Ave.
7:30 p.m. | $10-$20 | all ages
Unlike most of New Music Circle's shows this season, Tim Berne's Snakeoil comes with straight-up songs that recall dark chamber jams with frantic parts. This gloomy jazz moves fast with a rough edge, but everything feels so perfectly planned, making the whole affair feel unsettling. The band trots along like a shaky contraption, the secrets of every intricate move hidden within a rusty, ramshackle body.
SUNDAY, MAY 10
The Flex (UK)
Padlock (first show)
9 p.m. / $8 / all ages
The Flex gives everything you expect out of a band that calls itself "hardcore," but does so with bloody sharp teeth. Crossover D.C. dudes Red Death bring noisy party thrash from the depths. Another first show for a new band: Padlock. Let's see what Q breaks next.
Tarpit (Detroit, MI)
Buffalo MRI (Montreal)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $6 / all ages
The sounds of nihilism through a loudspeaker, brought on by the stink of melty circuit boards. Tarpit sounds like its namesake, you're getting dark and thick noise with no hope for color or clarity. Buffalo MRI is similar fare -- it's no wonder why they're traveling together. Larva and Janet (Grace Smith) open and close the gig, sandwiching the touring acts between the two leading ladies of south city noise.