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Dream Police, Honey, Nots 

When: Mon., Nov. 17, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $10
Brooklyn rockers the Men took a lot of fascinating left turns with their sound on their first few albums—they borrowed from piercing black metal on a few songs from 2010’s Immaculada, then saturated much of 2011’s Leave Home with heady Krautrock. Since 2012’s excellent Open Your Heart, which is mostly straightforward bar rock, the Men seem to have stopped choosing styles by spinning a wheel, but the group’s two main songwriters, Nick Chiericozzi and Mark Perro, have kept right on juggling genres as Dream Police. What started in 2010 as an outlet for ideas that didn’t work in the Men has since become a fleshed-out band, and to create the vast soundscapes on its debut, the new Hypnotized (Sacred Bones), Chiericozzi and Perro apply a motorik drive to gothic shoegaze and pop-friendly postpunk, with diversions into languid country and other unexpected genres. On “Pouring Rain” Dream Police sound a little like early New Order—from back when New Order still sounded a lot like Joy Division—except with an occasional glittery, processed pop guitar or tinny, robotic drum loop. —Leor Galil

I love Ex-Cult, and one of my favorite things about them is that they don’t play garage rock, despite being from Memphis and releasing records on Goner—instead they jump headfirst into twisted, furious punk. Former Ex-Cult bassist Natalie Hoffman, who left just before the tour for their latest LP, Midnight Passenger, takes a similar approach with her new band, Nots. On last week’s riotous We Are Nots (also on Goner) these four women play raw, simple punk rock that levels everything in its path—they shred through 11 brisk blasts in less than 30 minutes. Hoffman doesn’t sing so much as holler—she sounds like someone telling you really, really loudly how annoyed she is with you—and the band smashes away relentlessly behind her, brimming with no-frills bad-vibes riffs and paranoia-inducing sci-fi synthesizer. —Luca Cimarusti

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