After an acrimonious split in 2006, Sebastien Grainger and Jesse Keeler—known collectively as Death from Above 1979—have picked up almost exactly where they left off: their first reunion show, at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, caused an actual riot, complete with cops on horses. The Physical World, their long-awaited sophomore album, begins with a bass guitar—a forbidding, fuzzed-out rumble, like an explosion heard through a cheap phone. Then we’re right back to the visceral, frantic dance-punk template laid out a decade ago by the group’s wildly successful 2004 album, You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine. Like a happily unhappy marriage of Queens of the Stone Age and LCD Soundsystem, DFA 1979 makes music that throws club kids, headbangers and indie rockers together on the dance floor and lets them fight it out. Grainger and Keeler’s sound is heavy metal without the kitsch, dance music without the camp and coke. Catch them this Friday at the Sound Academy.
Dec. 5. $36.50–$59.50. The Sound Academy, 11 Polson St., 416-469-5655, ticketfly.com.