A SUNNY DAY IN GLASGOW'S FLOWERY SHOEGAZE

(Crocodile) When it’s done right, shoegaze rock can elevate you to some of the loftiest, most blissful mind states to which humans have access. Philadelphia group A Sunny Day in Glasgow frequently have achieved such soaring peaks during their eight-year existence: “So Bloody, So Tight” from their Nitetime Rainbows EP is a nice place to start exploring. Beyond that, 2009’s Ashes Grammar is one of the better specimens of flowery shoegaze rock from the last decade, a worthy competitor with Lush and Drop Nineteens’ best works. ASDIG’s new album, Sea When Absent, sounds more earthbound and blatantly accessible than previous releases. Sadly, it feels as if much of the magic and edge has dissipated from A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s music. With Oh! Pears. DAVE SEGAL
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THE CANADIANS BRING THE NOISE, WITH A LI'L HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS

(Gallery 1412) Vancouver’s Nervous Operator makes itchy, staticky, hissing ambient noisescapes that twitch and tiptoe around in the dark. Slashed Tires, the ongoing experimental project of golden former Stranger intern Kenneth Piekarski, waves a beautiful freak flag of many textures and emotions—tropical synth meltdowns, manic funk, tangled bass, and bare-bones pop honesty—but since this is a noise show, expect something a little different. Montreal’s Blankets make slightly cinematic, sinister drone tracks; Black Metal Alaska’s sounds are stark, bleak, and mysterious; Geological Creep is the aural equivalent to a time-lapse video of insects consuming a dead squirrel in a beautiful meadow. EMILY NOKES
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A BRUISING ASSAULT OF LOCAL METAL/PUNK AT BLACK LODGE

(Black Lodge) There's a cover of a Lecherous Gaze 7-inch that features a line drawing of a man being punched in the face. And that simple, overused metaphor is an apt way to describe the band's straightforward, raging punk. There's nothing subtle about this group of Oakland longhairs who play snarling, riff-heavy rock that obviously worships both Black Flag and Black Sabbath. And they do it well—with a manic urgency and magnetic raw power that's sure to get elbows flying in the pit. Balancing out the bill are Seattle-based gems Big Eyes, fresh off a tour with Against Me! and shredding with their killer punk-pop anthems, alongside local psych-metal doom-harbingers Wounded Giant. This show is gonna be sweaty. Let’s hope no one will get punched in the face. ROBIN EDWARDS
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THE EFFORTLESS GARAGE STOMP OF THE FRESH AND ONLYS

(Chop Suey) San Francisco’s Fresh & Onlys have been long tied to the garage-rock revival, but singer/guitarist Tim Cohen (also the mastermind behind Magic Trick) writes songs in such a light-handed, airy way that it manages to stay high-energy while still leaving space to breathe. The Fresh & Onlys have managed to release a record annually since 2008, and while their music tends toward the hard-edged garage vein, its shredding actually aspires to more originality and subtlety than typical modern garage-rock-revival bro bands. Also playing are the Shilohs, a Vancouver modern-day classic-rock outfit, seemingly raised on a steady diet of Big Star and Replacements records; they deftly blend that familiar aesthetic with brand-new grooves. Finally, the four local dudes of the Wayfinders will be jamming on some dirty yet glamorous pop psychedelia. BREE MCKENNA
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CHROME WINDOWS' SPACIOUS TECHNO GRIME

Olympia's Chrome Windows (aka multimedia artist Jean Nagai) produces vast alienscapes ranging from gritty minimalist techno to confrontational industrial noise. These otherworldly electronic transmissions will likely scare off brotastic, neon-wearing EDM die-hards, but that's probably for the best. With Seattle freak-wavers Male/Female and Giancarlo Cateriano's experimental beats. Cairo, 8 pm, $7. BRITTNIE FULLER
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