WEDNESDAY 6/5

NEEDLECRAFT, TELE NOVELLA, CHASTITY BELT, BANDOLIER

Missoula, Montana's Needlecraft recall a bevy of girl groups (I hear the standard-bearer sound of the Shangri-Las, the off-beatitude of the Shaggs, and the humor of the Roches) while adding some thoroughly modern zoinks to which we can all relate. On a recent self-titled album, Needlecraft are tied up on the phone, getting mixed signals from vague text messages. They have a song about a devastating dance move called the "Gunshot Victim" that's sweeping the nation. They don't sing about California girls or beaches, but they've fallen in love with the state's Mexican food. Catch their playful garage-rock tapestry tonight, along with the local heroine-rock of Chastity Belt, and the fluttering, soul-crooning Bandolier. Heartland, 8 pm.

THURSDAY 6/6

HAUSU, THE NUMBS, FF

Seattle music prodigy Ben Funkhouser departed for school in Portland a few years back and formed Hausu. An early EP from the band showcased sparkling guitar pop, but by all accounts, their upcoming debut record for Hardly Art will be a change of pace. "Leaning Mess," a teaser track from Total, is a dissonant avalanche that evokes incredible excitement, abject despair, self-loathing, huge swells of arrogance, life doldrums, death of self, and catharsis. Or what's otherwise known as "growing up." With the Numbs and FF. Black Lodge, 9 pm.

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SUNDAY 6/9

CEREMONY, GAG

With last year's Zoo, Bay Area punk band Ceremony made a record that, once and for all, has put their thrash-core roots in the rearview mirror. While the group had previously toyed with spoken-word sound collages, acoustic guitars, and singing about being sick of Black Flag, Zoo is a more comprehensive style shift. Biting, sinister, and jagged guitars summon the densely packed post-punk of Wire and the more volatile moments on the Pixies' Surfer Rosa. Singer Ross Farrar's latest beleaguered anthems take on a new dimension as he enters his late 20s and sees himself embodying some of the suburban flaws that he's long railed against. Like many other hardcore bands before them, Ceremony have pushed themselves to get weirder on every new album and are now channeling their energy into punk at its highest execution. Black Lodge, 9 pm.

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