Cacaw, Bobby Conn & Monica Bou Bou, Plastic Crimewave Sound Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., Jan. 8, 9 p.m. 2009

Local music shop-cum-label Permanent Records has gotten its hands on something big and filthy: basement-show supergroup Cacaw, aka Anya Davidson and Carrie Vinarsky, both formerly of Coughs, taking turns on the mike (they also play guitar and bass, respectively), Lovely Little Girls bassist Zack “Pink Shoes” Weil, and Slutbarf drummer Kyle Reynolds. This is a release party for the band’s debut, Get a Brain, a face-scouring blurt of minimalist punk-metal that maintains a truly scary intensity throughout its seven songs. Vinarsky’s cat-upsetting yowl crowns four of them, which tend toward twitchy unpredictability and sharp corners, and Davidson sings on three, which despite her torn-up, desperate-sounding voice are relatively comforting thanks to their deep throb and smothering density. Get a Brain is being released in a deluxe edition of 300, on clear vinyl so the silk-screened art on the B side can show through; each comes packaged with a CD. If you’re like Gollum and want it raw and wriggling, it’s worth crawling across bodies to get your copy. -Monica Kendrick

Price: $7.

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