There is really no other way to describe Red Pens' music other than as a deafening squall. Like the Pixies fed into a blender or My Bloody Valentine in a bad dream, Howard Hamilton and Laura Bennett whip up a sound so fierce it's almost comical that only two people are contributing to its creation. People stand in utter disbelief at their live shows, and those foolish enough to be without earplugs run to the bar for some cheapies or flee the scene altogether. The end result leaves people stunned and clamoring for more; part of the allure is the anticipation of what comes next. The safest place is at the eye of a storm, and since the Red Pens are at the center of it all, it's best that you follow their lead. With Party House, Hollow Boys, Lilian & the Harveys.
Fri., March 4, 9 p.m., 2011