Fair or not, most everybody that critiques music in any kind of a public forum is eventually met with retorts along the lines of, Youre probably just bitter because youre a failed songwriter or Youre not a musician what qualifies you to talk about music? Engineer/producer extraordinaire Steve Albini has skewered plenty of deserving bands over the years both in pieces hes written for various magazines and in interviews hes done but hes made himself immune to the aforementioned attacks because of the completely fucking awesome music hes delivered to the world over two-plus decades via his bands Big Black, Rapeman, and, since 1992, Shellac. A dynamic and forceful trio featuring Albini (guitar/vox), fellow recording engineer Bob Weston (bass/vox), and drummer Todd Trainer, Shellac makes a minimalist but exceptionally potent post-hardcore racket with loud, slicing guitars and a gut-punching rhythm section. Clearly, Albini knows what sounds good. No, you dont have to be a kickass musician or a musician at all to offer your opinion, good or bad, about music. But it helps. With Arcwelder. All ages.
Thu., June 11, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., June 12, 7:30 p.m., 2009