This recommendation writes itself. You should go see local punk trio Meat Wave at Subterranean because they are so good the venue booked them for two shows in twenty days. It’s not a residency, and for a punk band to play twice at the same place in so short a time means they are worth the money to the venue. Understanding why is easy—their self-recorded debut tape (soon to be slab of vinyl) offers a near live snapshot of the group as genuinely graceful performers, if such a thing can be said about a punk band. Meat Wave’s first batch of songs sounds like Rick Froberg’s guitar and vocal pummeled into shape by a drummer who can keep up with Mike Throneberry of The Marked Men, and a bassist sophisticated enough with recording equipment to engineer it all. It’s a heavy, impassioned set with a fair amount of variety, a real rarity for the genre in question. Given the band’s romp from headliner to opener in three short weeks, it seems that things are still getting sorted out for the threesome, but it won’t be long until a line forms around the building to get into their gigs. You must have seen what can happen to young people around this type of music. They can’t be blamed—it’s Meat Wave that elicits the response, a testament to the quality of their talent and the integrity of their expression. (Kenneth Preski)
February 1 and 21 at Subterranean, 2011 West North, (773)278-6600. 8pm. $10. 21+ on the 1st; and $12 (advance). 17+ on the 21st.