Best shows to see: Perfect Pussy

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About a year ago comedian Donovan Strain claimed to have pinpointed the exact date Ice Cube commemorates in his 1993 single "It Was a Good Day"—January 20, 1992. Vulture fact-checked Strain's hypothesis with Ice Cube, whose ambiguous response left the truth a little unclear, but Strain's claim paved the way for us to celebrate that track every January 20 all the same. Tonight the folks behind Dre Day—the annual fake holiday celebrating the Compton rap icon—are throwing what's billed as the first annual Ice Cube "Today Was a . . . Good Day" Party at Double Door, and Maker, Scend, and Trew will perform.

If parties for faux rap holidays aren't your bag, there's still plenty of great shows to check out this week. Tonight there's Galactic Inmate at Empty Bottle and Robbie Fulks at the Hideout. Tomorrow there's Wayne "the Train" Hancock at City Winery and Michael Zerang & the Blue Lights at Bar DeVille. On Wednesday you can check out Hamid Drake at Hideout or Wishgift at Empty Bottle.

There are plenty of other shows to see this week—head to Soundboard to dive into all the Reader's listings and read on for a pick from one of our critics.

Wed 1/22: Perfect Pussy at Schubas

"Syracuse five-piece Perfect Pussy creates a study in unexpectedly synergistic contrasts with its self-released debut EP, I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling—grindcore musicians collaborating with indie rockers, hooky pop that careens face-first into punishing noise, and songs titled with cryptic, borderline pretentious Roman numerals whose lyrics detail the inner life of front woman Meredith Graves with a radical honesty that the most devoted emo revivalist might find too real," writes Miles Raymer. "Intensely abrasive and highly listenable, it's one of last year's most fascinating and enjoyable guitar-based experiences."

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