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With its Web sites stuffed with garish visuals and smarmy in-jokes, Houston’s Indian Jewelry gives the impression that it’s a group of madcap pranksters intent on making your eardrums bleed with sheets of impenetrable static. But a more constrained, thoughtful kind of disorder pours from the band members synths, guitars, and other noisemakers. On their latest album, Free Gold, thick walls of swirling distortion, pierced by high-frequency oscillations, are attached to restrained, haunting vocals—their sound is the warm, unsettling drone of My Bloody Valentine set to the tense fuzzbox churn of Suicide. The band has a revolving lineup, drawn from a massive, tangled web of Houston noise acts. But “noise” hardly sums up the artful command of piercing sounds that Indian Jewelry has, or the way it uses it in service of melody.
INDIAN JEWELRY PERFORMS WITH TRUE WOMANHOOD AT 9:30 P.M. AT THE RED AND THE BLACK, 1212 H ST. NE. $10. (202) 399-3201.