When: Thu., Nov. 29, 8 p.m. 2012
If you're a fan of, say, Gogol Bordello or Mucca Pazza or the Dresden Dolls or any group based on the fusion of a punk/DIY aesthetic with klezmer, cabaret, Gypsy music, circus-style marching-band pageantry, and an approach to stage shows that involves getting as many people up there as possible, but somehow you've missed out on the World/Inferno Friendship Society . . . well, you've missed out significantly, given that the band formed in 1996. Despite the cerebral nature of their writing, the Brooklyn collective has always worked best and most consistently as a live act—studio releases are generally an afterthought, and last year's The Anarchy and the Ecstasy (Chunksaah) was only their fifth proper full-length. It's a good one, though—the ripping opener, "I'm Sick of People Being Sick of My Shit," is one of World/Inferno's most infectious, and "Canonize Philip K. Dick, OK" is a compelling protest song for people too cynical for protest songs. By the time the album came out, the band had shed three long-term members since 2007's Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre's Twentieth Century, and perhaps as a result The Anarchy and the Ecstasy has a tinge of melancholy. The release they're hawking now, which could easily sell out by the end of this tour, is a limited-edition seven-inch EP recorded during one of their famous New York Hallowmas concerts, accompanied by their very own issue of Mitch Clem's Turnstile Comix. —Monica Kendrick O'Death and Wild Yaks open.