ALEXANDER MIRANDA
WEDNESDAY 5/15

THE BALLISTIC NOISE PUNK OF BLACK PUS

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Drummer Brian Chippendale—half of ballistic Providence noise duo Lightning Bolt—is Black Pus, whose industrial crunch is sutured with oscillating feedback noise. His latest release, Pus Mortem, is a bassy, insectoid phantasma that thrashes in danceable circles. It's a charismatic metal-on-metal quicksand you don't want to escape. Other crucial sounds will be made tonight by local third-eyed noise rockers MTNS and tropical electronic wizard the Numbs. Black Lodge, 9 pm.

THURSDAY 5/16

CASCADIA'S PLUSH SLUDGE GAZE

Vancouver, BC's indie-rock boom provides yet another '90s-influenced band doing it right. Cascadia's nearly translucent, sweet female vocals, liquescent melodies, and cerebral crashes make me feel like I'm listening to twee pop queen Rose Melberg front an alternately plush and brash Swervedriver. The Canadian three-piece's sludgy gaze rock wriggles through your ears with exhilaratingly lush whorls of noise for daydreaming. This is the first night of their nationwide tour with fellow Canuck indie rockers Weed, on this bill with Seattle bands FF and Neighbors. Heartland, 8 pm.

DICK BINGE AT THE COCKPIT

On this positively fun-packed bill, queercore four-piece Dick Binge are all about "shameless flamboyance, critical analysis, and fierce action." In riotous jams like "Faggot, I'm Gay," the Olympia band powerfully rages through early-'80s hardcore punk in the assuredly flamboyant realm of Gayrilla Biscuits and Limp Wrist. This is also the queer-as-in-fuck-you kick-off for the Dick Binge/Fucking Dyke Bitches "Ride America" Tour, with the support of local punks Pony Time and Half Breed. The Cockpit, 8 pm.

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FRIDAY 5/17

LITTLE WINGS' HUSHED FOLK SOLILOQUIES

Get intimate at Cairo tonight with hushed folk soliloquies from K Records songwriter Little Wings. Under this name, a very bearded and straw- hatted Kyle Field makes perilously quiet songs that sometimes lean toward "mope folk" on the tightrope of tenderness. On tracks like "Doom Room," Field's same-toned vocal murmur drifts, but the album's rich bossa-nova flair and naturally earth-loving lyrics make even the smallest spaces feel spacious. With San Diego pop band Heavy Hawaii, and locals Stickers and Mega Bog. Cairo, 8 pm.

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