mall White get an A for their class project on the history of rock 'n' roll. The local duo sound like they speed-read The Rock Snob's Dictionary and threw it on the funeral pyre with macho gusto the way they blow through genres, mixing breeds to see what kind of labradoodle mishap will flop out of their basement test tubes. "I Suck at Music" takes a stab at grunge and adds an infusion of frat-boy pop punk. "Internet Love Song" rips a shtick from mid-'90s pop with catchy fuzz and sing-along choruses. "I Was Sent Here 2 Fuk U" is deconstructed dance-rock with Vocoder vocals, heavy synths, and bass snapped together to make something equally dark and weird. But Small White are none of these genres. They only wish to douse all these posturings and write a scathingly humorous commentary on all that is good and egregious with modern music's state of affairs. With the Drug Budget, Battletoys.
Fri., Feb. 10, 10 p.m., 2012