If you had to say their name every night, you'd get cranky, too. The volatile six-piece art-rock troupe from Austin . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead have a storied history of breaking up, dropping off major labels, and viciously beating each other to pulps onstage. So many issues, so little medicine. But as long as it feeds their Sonic Youth– and Dinosaur Jr.–brand prog squalor, and the nauseating heights of white noise they readily reach, these grim animals have no reason to stop. Six albums in, they've perfected the art of culling something wonderful from acting so wrong. With the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Midnight Masses.
Fri., Feb. 27, 9 p.m., 2009

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