Rocking Out With the Literate Set

What the hay? Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus of the Detroit band Adult, coming to the Rock &  Roll Hotel.
What the hay? Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus of the Detroit band Adult, coming to the Rock & Roll Hotel. (From Nicola Kuperus)
Friday, April 6, 2007

It will be both brainy and bloody Monday night when Detroit electronic neo-goths Adult team with brilliant and complex San Fran improvisers Erase Errata and raucous Brooklyn punks Parts & Labor at the Rock & Roll Hotel. Noise is the word, and few ears are likely to come away unscathed.

Headliner Adult (Adam Lee Miller and wife Nicola Kuperus) are touring on their new record, "Why Bother?," claiming to be a folk band while menacingly bearing sickles, hay and a thumping techno beat. It's not flower children so much as "Children of the Corn." For us, the highlight of the bill is Erase Errata, renowned for technical prowess but also impressive songsmiths whose squealing punk improvisations you can actually move your head to, and Parts & Labor, who make some pretty great wall-of-sound punk themselves. 8 p.m. $12. Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625.

And if you don't have ears of steel? Monday is also a night for talking about music, when the mouthy (and scenesterish) F. W. Thomas Performances series -- which has gained a reputation for entertainingly dissecting all of our lame human rituals and passions -- returns to turn its wrath on that wretched rock-and-roll. Performances include uberfan and author John Sellers (whose life, if the title of his book is any indication, was saved by indie rock); Glenn Dixon, who will discuss "the hidden pornographic subtexts" of Christian rock; and Adam Mazmanian expounding on "the art and science of rocking out." $5. 7:30 p.m. at the Warehouse Theater, 1017-21 Seventh St. NW. 202-783-3933.

-- Lavanya Ramanathan


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