Siltbreeze’s Tom Lax began his noise-mongering, rarity-unearthing rampage in 1989 with a now very collectible Halo of Flies 7-inch, took an 11-year break starting in the mid-1990s, and re-emerged in 2005 to kick off the lo-fi phenomenon with Times New Viking’s debut Dig Yourself. Along the way, he’s been an advocate for all sorts of mayhem, from the Dead C’s New Zealand noise experiments to 1990s icons like Sebadoh and Guided By Voices to the incendiary chug of current favorites Mount Carmel. This mid-May show spans generations of the avant-garde, with sets from Beefheartian blues vampers Endless Boogie, all-seasons Philly oddity Brother JT, one-time Harry Pussy guitarist Mark Feehan and the fresh (though not necessarily clean-shaven) faces of Mount Carmel. -Jennifer Kelly
Sat., May 12, 9pm. $10. With Endless Boogie, Mount Carmel, Brother JT + Mark Feehan. Johnny Brenda’s. 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
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