Puerto Rico Flowers, Holy Circle, Multicult

Oct. 28

Reflecting on his time in beloved Philly noise rock band Clockcleaner and his current project, Dark Blue, John Sharkey III recently told a reporter with Bandcamp: "I was a 23-year-old kid from Philadelphia just rebelling against everything. Now things are a little more sharpened. I've also become a better songwriter." In between those two bands was what is in some ways a solo project, Puerto Rico Flowers, whose entire output was released on the now-defunct semi-Baltimore label Fan Death Records. Puetro Rico Flowers' Facebook page describes the music as "[s]low songs not unlike a skinhead crying." To be a little more specific, it sounds a lot like a mix of Bauhaus, Flipper, and Joy Division, offering heavy bass lines, synths, and Sharkey's catchy baritone vocals—and the quality of the songs definitely backs up Sharkey's own sentiments about his advancement as a writer. According to Sean Gray, who was once one half of Fan Death, this is Puerto Rico Flowers' last show in the U.S. of A., so don't miss out. Luckily, Gray will be reissuing the band's entire discography on his newer label, Accidental Guest Recordings. Be sure to come by early for performances of the drone-y pop trio The Holy Circle (Terence Hannum of Locrian, Erica Burgner-Hannum, and Nathan Jurgenson) and noisy post-punk group Multicult. 9 p.m., The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., (410) 244-8855, thewindupspace.com, $12. (Brandon Weigel)

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