On their newest album, Weirdon, Philadelphia’s Purling Hiss — the solo project–gone-band of guitarist Mike Polizze, also a member of the mighty Birds of Maya — go bouncing between the sounds of the weirder guitarists who’ve made their mark across American indie rock, from J Mascis to Joey Santiago back to progenitors like James Williamson or even Neil Young, all of whom figured out a way to turn gnarly into beautiful. The resulting album would’ve sounded right at home on labels such as SST or Homestead, and finds its own lively space between that final great Feelies LP and the uptempo, album-cut Camper Van Beethoven songs. “Airwaves” or “Where’s Sweetboy” are the fast ones, while “Another Silvermoon” or closer “Six Ways to Sunday” revel (rightly) in their own dissonance. As a wise man once shouted: Gimme indie rock!

Fri., Nov. 21, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 11/21/14)

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