There would be massive head-banging at AIDS Wolf's upcoming appearance if anyone could find a beat to flop their necks to. Instead, expect energetic thrashing and post-show rushes to the emergency room for stitches. This is a small price to pay to hear the Montreal quartet's acupuncture-like no wave. Imagine a half-hour of pleasure needles seeding radioactive flowers in your guts. Ahhhh. AIDS Wolf take a playbook page from former noise rockers Arab on Radar, with their choppy robo guitars and incomprehensible time signatures, but top off the chaos with singer Chloe Lum's primal mewing and trancelike whining to create a decisively new breed of fanged creature. Adding to the danger are Lum's caped-avenger stage costumes and Power Ranger dance moves. Be afraid. Be very afraid. But don't let that stop you from trekking to St. Paul because, with the nerdy vengeance and glitchy madness of locals Gay Beast and Unicorn Basement, this is one of the best noise rock lineups of the year. 21+.
Thu., April 9, 9 p.m., 2009