Screaming Females

Friday, August 7

A little-known trio hailing from the New Jersey town of New Brunswick, Screaming Females might not have been the obvious choice to tour with Jack White and Alison Mosshart’s new supergroup the Dead Weather. And yet the band did just that, tearing up the turf and building some serious buzz in the process. While frontwoman Marissa Paternoster does the band’s name plenty of justice, bassist Mike Rickenbacker and drummer Jarrett Doughtery aren’t in fact females at all. No matter. The trio’s swampy garage-punk is in fine form on Screaming Females’ new third album, Power Move, on the New Brunswick indie label Don Giovanni. Guided by Paternoster’s feral bark – and yes, that curdling scream – anthems like the album-opening “Bell” are shaggy triumphs of distortion and propulsion. As with Mosshart’s regular gig with the Kills, Screaming Females’ current tour is poised to make Paternoster a poster child for no-nonsense rock release. With Shellshag, Wildildlife, and Loving Thunder.

Fri., Aug. 7, 9 p.m., 2009

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