Tonight: A Place To Bury Strangers at Vera, DJ Marky at Neumos

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A Place To Bury Strangers, with Light Pollution, Grave Babies, The Globes. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372. 7:20 p.m. $11. All ages. A Place to Bury Strangers promises total sonic annihilation and doesn't mess around about following through. Touring on their sophomore effort Exploding Head, the Brooklyn trio, led by effects-pedal-wizard Oliver Ackermann, ride atop a fierce wave of distorted guitar insanity. But that's not to say that the songwriting is cut out as compensation; some songs approach a Cure-like level of shadowy pop. Embarking on a national headlining tour is a big step for a band that signed its first contract on a napkin with a label called Killer Pimp Records. And while they may not be the first to draw on the '80s and '90s noise scene, you don't come to be known as "The Loudest Band In New York" for nothing. NICK FELDMAN

DJ Marky, with Kid Hops, SunTzu Sound. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $15. The last time I saw Marky, at the (now-defunct) War Room, the place was packed with beautiful bodies sweating it out to the Brazilian DJ's edgily uptempo style of drum 'n' bass. The sense of communal joy was so high that a stranger kissed me on the dancefloor - now that's a party. Discovered by V Recordings' Bryan Gee back in '98, Marco Antonio Silva has been known for his energetic scratching and his smiling face ever since. His recent Kings of Drum + Bass, compiled and mixed with the legendary 4Hero, is a lesson in everything you never knew the genre had: particularly, sunshine and soul. RACHEL SHIMP

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