When: Wed., Oct. 19, 7 p.m. 2011
Let's just go ahead and get it out of the way: Marissa Paternoster shreds on guitar. That's becoming obvious to more and more people as Screaming Females continue their climb from sweaty shows in dingy basements to the sort of stages where their diminutive front woman isn't screened from view by a water heater or an unused treadmill—this New Brunswick trio opened for the Dead Weather in '09, for instance, and made their small-screen debut earlier this year on the uber-late-night show Last Call With Carson Daly (hey, it's still network TV). On the 2010 album Castle Talk (Don Giovanni), Pasternoster tears it up as usual, her guitar swinging from grunge to punk to alt-rock to practically hardcore, and her awesomely powerful vocals make her sound a little like Carrie Brownstein without the hiccups. The wistful, dissipated-sounding "I Don't Mind" and the driving, almost sinister "A New Kid" have pretty different feels, but they can coexist comfortably thanks to the growing maturity of Screaming Females' songwriting and their firmly held whatever-works DIY aesthetic. I mean, they still practice in Pasternoster's grandmother's basement, for Christ's sake. —Kevin Warwick Underground Railroad to Candyland and Treasure Fleet open.