New Jersey punk-pop trio Screaming Females have been steadily building buzz for seven years now, but on their new, Steve Albini-produced record, Ugly, the band have exceeded their potential while crafting one of the most striking, confident rock records of the year. Led by Marissa Paternoster's distinct wail and churning, explosive guitar riffs, Screaming Females' songs bristle with an assured urgency that is at once catchy and triumphant. Ugly has found its way onto many prominent mid-year "Best Of" lists, including those of both Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot from Sound Opinions. Screaming Females' live show adds an untamed edge to their raucous sound, which should go over well in one of Minneapolis's best rock clubs. With Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band and Braver. 18+.
Mon., July 30, 8 p.m., 2012