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Zs

They’re not quite up to Robert Pollard’s prodigious output, but Brooklyn experimental troupe Zs have released about eight records since 2003. Oddly enough, it was radio maven Howard Stern who put them on the map; he decided that they were a prime example iof whether avant music is full of it or not. Now prepping a release party, you can judge for yourself—they come off more on the improv/jazz side of things, but in the vein where you’ll need some good earplugs to appreciate it. With Excepter, Mick Barr, and Silk Flowers.

Tue., May 11, 8 p.m., 2010

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SUPERFUZZ BIGFLUFF

Los Angeles party-punx No Age are the new model of DIY in market-crash America: a stripped-down two-person setup that can fit in the tiniest van, never shutting up about their local venues, noisy enough to have a modicum of rebellion but cuddly enough to make every show seem like a sweaty bear-hug. With their new EP, Losing Feeling, they chilled out and entered their Chairs Missing stage, focusing on luxurious new textures instead of the insistent pounding—a Jesu-styled feedback smear that’s crunchy on the inside and feather-soft on the outside, full of snuggle-ready reverb and melancholy drones. Hell, some of the tracks don’t even have drums! How punk is that? Opening is much-celebrated dream-folkers Woods, who are currently having the Best Year Ever thanks to their own brand of floaty noise. With Silk Flowers.

Wed., Oct. 14, 10 p.m., 2009

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SMASH IT UP

“What’s my stance?” Ian Svenonius asks himself in one track from the debut by his latest band, Chain and the Gang. “I like to dance, and smash things up when I get a chance.” Not much has changed, then, over the two decades since Svenonius first emerged as the frontman of Nation of Ulysses, one of D.C. hardcore’s most creative acts; smash-and-dance has more or less been the m.o. of every one of Svenonius’s subsequent outfits, including (but not limited to) the Make Up, Weird War, and Cupid Car Club. On Down With Liberty . . . Up With Chains!, which came out in April on K, the pompadoured rabble rouser offers a more stripped-down version of his trademark soul-punk sound. Don’t worry, though—he’ll fill up the empty space tonight with all manner of rebel-rock rhetoric. With Silk Flowers, Julianna Barwick, and Screens.

Sun., Oct. 4, 7 p.m., 2009

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Telepathe+Teengirl Fantasy

Everything’s coming up Telepathe. Dance Mother, the (now) duo’s new full-length, is a record kissed with Sitekian production. It sounds like the galaxy during the Apollo era—silken and pointing to the dance floor, but seemingly built with toggle switches, duct tape, and the grease of a Brooklyn hamburger. Can you feel it in your brain? Teengirl Fantasy, meanwhile, is Ohio’s #1 export for recombinative dance music and goofy experimental clatter. Soho, we have a problem. With Hawnay Troof and Silk Flowers.

Sat., Feb. 21, 8 p.m., 2009