Montreal's AIDS Wolf are an immense onslaught of terrorizing chigger-itch guitar and smash-crash-bash drumming, fronted by a woman who screams and whines like she's channeling all the PMS in the world. Judging from the handful of songs on their MySpace page--the only music they've got available so far--their brand of what's now embarrassingly called "noise punk" is uncut foamy-mouthed straitjacket rock. Out of nowhere the steel-wool intensity of "Panty Mind" stops cold, and it's like somebody's tipping back your head and dabbing at your wounds with a psychedelic pastiche of cymbal gusts, keening vocals, and twiddle-and-heave guitars--and then kicking you back out into the wilderness, dizzy and alone, when the pounding and screaming start again. They sound like teenage dirtbag Hessians just damaged enough to blossom into noise nerds, but in fact singer Chloe Lum and drummer Yannick Desranleau run a pretty successful screen-printing company called Seripop. And actually I think it's scarier when people who have their shit together get totally out of control. --Liz Armstrong
As a member of Monotract and the curator of New York's annual celebration of lo-fi chaos the No Fun fest, Carlos Giffoni has earned his stripes as a noise maniac--and last year's North Six (Antiopic), a three-inch CD that captures an August 2003 live performance with Jim O'Rourke and Lee Ranaldo, is awash with howling distortion, snake-charmer feedback squiggles, and lacerating splashes of old-fashioned white noise. But Giffoni's music can also be surprisingly contemplative and involving, as he proves on a new solo release called The Beauty of Skylines (Feld), another live recording on three-inch CD. It opens with warm swells of organ digitally diced into rhythmic bits that almost add up to a catchy groove, but within a few minutes abstraction wins the tug-of-war with danceability and the piece opens up into a whirlwind of unidentifiable sounds that dart between extremes in density, color, texture, and volume. --Peter Margasak
AIDS Wolf headlines and Giffoni plays third; locals Bloodyminded and Panicsville open. Wed 8/24, 9 PM, Enemy, 1550 N. Milwaukee, third floor, 312-493-3657, $5 donation requested. All ages.