Warpaint formed six years ago on Valentine's Day, and in turn gave us a damn better gift than bubbly and long-stemmeds. The photogenic Los Angeles females crunch out smart, arty psych-rock, all instruments distorted to the ether and all keening vocals equal parts entreatment and antagonism. They're gritty yet graceful Venusians beamed directly into Laurel Canyon; we'd try to start an East Coast/West Coast rivalry going with the Vivian Girls, here, but these ladies are too smart for this. They know their genius lies in everything being l-o-v-e. With Javelin.
Fri., Aug. 13, 7 p.m., 2010