Slut River, Sioux City Pete & the Beggars Agenda All Ages Free Recommended Soundboard

When: Mon., Jan. 14, 6 p.m. 2013

Who’s not going to be at least curious about a band name like Slut River? In an interview with Noisey, front woman Anna McDermott explains that it’s a, um, tribute to the incestuous scenes in close-knit towns such as Iowa City, where Slut River are from (that is, sooner or later everyone has sex with everyone else). But Slut River don’t need their brilliantly offensive name to make noise for them—in fact, compared to their abrasive garage-punk snarl, it’s just a distraction. McDermott makes that perfectly clear on “Two Face,” the opening track from last year’s Off White EP. Her pained croak morphs from frantic and desperate to chilly and hateful in time for the song’s venomous kicker: “Fuck you / What you said before / Fuck your friends / Whatever the fuck they think.” Behind McDermott’s middle finger is a punk band tighter than you’d expect in this genre, scrawling Greg Ginn-style guitar gnarliness over eerie Dead Kennedys-like hardcore—a perfect combination. Slut River is playing at Permanent as part of a two-show stay in Chicago (the other set is at a house . . . somewhere). Come for the name, stay for the bad vibes. —Kevin Warwick Sioux City Pete & the Beggars open.

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