The Hussy, Useless Children, the Ghost Ease
THE HUSSY, SO PITTED, UBU ROI, FUZZY CLOAKS
A garage-psych-trash band in 2013 might preemptively annoy music grouches who think it's time to maybe revive something else (wassup?). Even with a charming album title like Pagan Hiss! But Madison, Wisconsin, two-piece the Hussy offer enough twists on often excruciatingly dull garage formulas to lift the cynicism right off that furrowed brow. Do you like fun? Pogo forward with confidence. Black Lodge, 9 pm.
USELESS CHILDREN'S UNROMANTIC SWAMP SHOCK
Indulge in an evening of sincere misanthropy with Seattle noise rockers Dreamdecay, who are quickly becoming one of the city's most dynamic live acts. On their most cohesive release yet, N V N V N V, wall-of-noise blasts slyly insinuate distorted melodies, spasmodically converging from moments of bleak spaciness to penultimate bloodthirst. Tonight is their West Coast tour kickoff with Melbourne's frantically unromantic Useless Children, who follow in the grave-robbing footsteps of Aussie post-punks Birthday Party and the Scientists. On last year's Post Ending // Pre Completion, Useless Children unfurl a furious miasma of cannibalistic riffs and hell-bellows. Prepare for a densely layered, searing assault of artful rage and swamp shock to induce an aural-ocalypse. The bill also boasts slow-melting garage grunge from Naomi Punk and no-wavers Stickers. Black Lodge, 9 pm.
THE GHOST EASE REINVENT "SOFT GRUNGE'
If "soft grunge" were a musical genre and not a Tumblr-based fashion trend observed by assorted poseurs of the internet, suburbs, and beyond, it might sound something like Portland trio the Ghost Ease: powerful and delicate, with a raw sludginess born out of murky forests and permanently overcast skies. We're talking Is This Desire?–era PJ Harvey, Hole getting "Softer, Softest," a flannel-wearing Frankenstein's monster made of early-'90s Liz Phair and Mirah. That sort of thing. In the Ghost Ease, songwriter Jem Marie is inspired by "all things clairvoyant, oneiric and emotional," leading the trio through lush dynamics featuring swirlingly aslant guitars and cartwheeling rhythms. The night also sees Seattle garage rock spell-weavers the Webs, poetry from Mary Pauline Diaz, and brazenly reverb-drenched Tacoma band the Echo Echo Echoes. Heartland, 8 pm.