On last year's The Big Roar, the Joy Formidable operate inside a lush, overcast (yet hopeful) world. At times, it resembles a dream from which you wish you would never wake. Arguably the buzziest of last year's buzz bands—even Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl could not say enough about them—they made a cannonball-like splash that was not purely blog-generated CGI. Guitars that operate at a soaring howl, cacophonous drums, and lead singer Ritzy Bryan's vocals, improbably resembling Björk's brittleness and Karen O's ferocity all at once, hit with all the subtlety of being snapped in the face with a wet towel. It's noisy, jolting, knife-in-the-outlet electrifying rock music with the potential to shift the landscape as a whole. With A Place to Bury Strangers and Exit Music. 18+.
Mon., March 19, 7 p.m., 2012