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This Moment in Black History/Roué/Self Destruct Button

With SoundeR. Friday, March 9, at Tower 2012 (9521 Madison Avenue).

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Featuring three of Cleveland's most combustible acts, this show traces a spectrum of '80s post-punk avenues. This Moment in Black History combines the chaotic intensity of Black Flag with the sinewy churn of Minor Threat. They're fronted by Iggy Pop's spastic, bespectacled spiritual cousin, singer Chris Kulcsar, who rivals the Jesus Lizard's David Yow for out-of-control stage theatrics. The quartet's debut, It Takes a Nation of Assholes to Hold Us Back, was among last year's best local releases.

The throttling noise-drunk quartet Roué slides effortlessly from steely, slashing guitar reminiscent of Television into burgeoning sonic squalls that owe their allegiance to Glenn Branca and Sonic Youth. The breaking waves of feedback, however, fail to obscure the hook-fueled core.

Self Destruct Button crosses the threshold where hardcore verges into noise-rock; its punishing roar builds toward cacophonous, cathartic release. As unpredictable as Crispin Glover, SDB will leave you wondering whether to duck-and-cover or simply run.

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