The Brooklyn-based trio These Are Powers deftly combine punk aesthetic with straight-up house beats and experimental digressions, crafting a sound that’s as scary as it is massive. The real superstar here is ex-Liars Pat Noecker’s oppressive bass, dominating textures like a schoolyard bully. Anna Barie’s infectious vocals—cutting and in control, but borderline demented—take a while to comprehend fully, but with time come across with more and more power. The group’s recent record, “All Aboard Future” (Dead Oceans), is a nightmarish jaunt through a rotten candyland, and once you get started, there’s no looking back. Full of short, meaty noise-dance tracks that throw everything at you—beats, live drums, synths galore—plus Noecker’s muscular foundation and Barie’s lyrical slicing, this record would do terrible things to an already damaged mind. A wonderfully deranged sound, These Are Powers invent a dance-floor bleakness sure to make a mess of anyone in the audience. The three-piece often improvises with their electronics as well, but I don’t even want to think about the madness that spawns from that. (Tom Lynch)
March 27 at Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, (773)227-4433, at 9pm. $10.