Duluth's Retribution Gospel Choir aren't really a choir, but a tendency to preach—albeit in cryptic riddles—underlies the trio's rough, ready rock action. Singer/guitarist Alan Sparhawk is blessed with the kind of commanding, J. Robbins-reminiscent roar that draws authoritative depth from ringing, titanic guitar chords and tight rhythm-section grit courtesy of drummer Eric Pollard and bassist Steve Garrington. This particular choir are a one-stop stylistic shop: nitro-charged shred clinics ("'68 Comeback"); trembling-in-place calamity ("Something's Gonna Break"); slow-building, country-electric fury ("Electric Guitar"); and hook-hemorrhaging barnburners ("Hide It Away"). Best of all, Retribution Gospel Choir make the whole second-person testifying, disheveled indie-rock up-and-comers thing look easy—no mean feat. With the 4onthefloor, Heartbeats, Filligar. 18+.
Fri., Oct. 12, 7 p.m., 2012