His last album cover was a simple photo of his face, and his new album cover is a simple photo of his back. But don’t worry — that doesn’t mean John Barrett of Bass Drum of Death is looking to pull a 180 with his music. If anything, he has doubled down on the rock part of his garage-rock sound on Rip This, a new release that’s equal parts Adolescents-style punk and gigantic, arena-ready riffs. There’s Stooges-y plink-plonk piano on a few tracks, and references musical and otherwise to Radio Birdman (“Burn’s My Eye”) and The Ramones (“Everything’s the Same”). But songs such as “Sin Is in 10” recall In Utero Nirvana … and there’s more than a little of the spirit of KISS at work here, too. Call it a party album, for the kind of parties that end when the cops knock on the door.

Sun., Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/19/14)

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