Despite their citizenship in a city tagged the Mistake by the Lake or more likely because of it Cleveland bands have long displayed a knack for distilling anger, frustration and boredom into volatile and envelope-pushing music. From Rocket From the Tombs to Pere Ubu and a whole slew of even lesser known bands, you can put This Moment in Black History high on that list. The Steve Albini-produced It Takes a Nation of Assholes to Hold Us Back is a set of pure pissed-off-ness thats long on tension and short on patience. The quartet just released Public Square, which dirties up the production a bit more, helping generate a more classic garage-rock feel, but they still borrow plenty of post-punks art-school tendencies. Were supposed to be too jaded to use words like passionate, but theres no amount of posturing that can generate music this desperate.
Mon., March 15, 9 p.m., 2010