I'll wager that if you put all the "wolf" bands in a room and let them fight to the death, the last two standing over the corpses of Wolfmother, Wolf Parade, Steppenwolf, Guitar Wolf, et al. would be Montreal's AIDS Wolf and Detroit's Wolf Eyes. The most vicious, scary, and bloodthirsty of the bunch, both are noise bands extraordinaire, and while neither is particularly enjoyable to listen to on your iPod while riding the bus (unless you truly loathe yourself), they're pretty fascinating and enjoyable -- in that extreme assault to your senses and sensibilities kind of way -- in a live setting. There, AIDS Wolf batters your body and mind with apocalyptic guitar detonations and unholy rhythms and caterwauls until you honestly can't take it anymore, and then the quartet moves on to the second "song." Thing is, you can kinda spy some structure in AIDS Wolf compositions, so they'd probably end up getting slaughtered by Wolf Eyes and their seemingly random chaos. But that's okay. In the noise game, everybody wins. Or loses. Or something. Bring earplugs.
Tue., Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m., 2008