This noisy Connecticut duo sounds a bit like a roughed-up Sonic Youth on its latest album, Balf Quarry. Peter Nolan and Elisa Ambrogio turn up their distortion pedals on “Don’t Talk in Your Sleep” and the moody “State Numbers.” With a discography that goes back to 2002, when they began self-releasing a slew of extemporaneous sessions recorded on CD-Rs, Magik Markers were signed to Ecstatic Peace, the label run by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, an avowed fan. Balf Quarry’s more melodic moments (like “Psychosomatic”) are more accessible than the band’s previous noisy dirges and suggest that the group is capable of delivering some harmony. But you can expect them to turn up the volume when they play Now That’s Class (11213 Detroit Ave., 216.221.8576) with Ryan Power, Filmstrip and Diamonds and Pearls. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets: $5. — Jeff Niesel
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