10 p.m. / all ages
Minneapolis punk seems to be permanently tainted by early shoegaze, but don't let pop-sensible riffs take away from the vicious vibe and that underlies Lemonade's debut demo. Remember Uranium Club? This band takes from the tastiest scraps and serves up a solid slice of guitar-drenched bliss. Voight-Kampff is your favorite Minneapolis-based hardcore band from St. Louis, or is it the other way around? And didn't Q break up? A very rare night from medium rare bands.
TUESDAY, MARCH 15
The Elsinores (KY)
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand. Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / 21+
Globsters takes tired cliches to task through songs that are partly power-violence but mostly vocal driven madness. While some see the Hazard, Kentucky-native as some sort of twisted scene trashing stand-up act, the music here cuts deep. When MRR's documentary on Adam Brewer made the rounds in 2012, most were charmed by his talking dog and pocket knife collection, but his sound tells a different story -- one that is genuine and free of irony -- a breath of fresh air in the modern age of posturing punk.
FRIDAY, MARCH 18
The Bug (Lansing, IL)
@ Box / 3350 Ohio Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages
The Bug from Lansing sounds more like no-wave played at top speed, a la early noise rock. Whatever you want to call it, the Bug occupies a rare space that appeals both to fans of more experimental guitar work and straight up hardcore. The sound reminisces southern California in the early '90s, but refreshed for current ears. The local lineup is especially telling, since it basically brings together three more hybrid punk bands that revel in the weird.
SATURDAY, MARCH 19
Benoit Pioulard (MI)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / $8 / all ages
Benoit Pioulard's latest release Noyaux provides ambient synth work with considerable heft, evoking a slow burn that evolves in subtle increments. The journey through each piece brings its own peaks and valleys, but every moving part is so slow-moving and deliberate that it begs for patience and active listening. Jake Leech performs a rare ambient set on this night, recalling a distinct guitar-driven approach that he first developed when debuting as Kid Counselor roughly six years ago.
If you know where Bonerville is at, chances are you already know about the CRAVE RAVE happening on this night. If you didn't already have a reason to go to this White Castle-themed dance party, 18andcounting was just added to the lineup.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages
Lysol (now Lysol Incognito or L.I. to avoid lawsuits) does everything a punk band should do -- it hits every item on the checklist but still somehow comes out sounding so distinct. A solid, no-frills execution with attention to songwriting and restraint on more indulgent sections (cheesy rock riffage notwithstanding) propels the band into a more timeless territory, rather than a product of the times. Crutch is more grimy for sure, acting as a foil to Lysol more polished rock, but its inherent viciousness feels fresh in this context. The Warden is similarly heavy, but not without its fair share of catchy riffs.