Fans of the Baltimore post-hardcore quartet Lungfish have always held the band’s enigmatic frontman, Daniel Higgs, in high reverence. And for good reason: It’s hard to read the lyrics to any given Lungfish song and not come away with the impression that Higgs has seen sights, heard sounds, and contemplated thoughts the rest of us foolish mortals couldn’t even begin to comprehend—much less put to music in a way that somehow resonates with an audience. (To be fair, however, I’m certainly not going to judge anyone who raises an eyebrow at lines such as “My daughter keeps a shaft of light / My daughter moves in degrees of might”—from the song “Hallucinatorium” off the band’s 1999 release, The Unanimous Hour—and asks, “What mystic mumbo-jumbo is this crazy-looking beardo babbling about?!”) Since Lungfish’s last album, 2005’s Feral Hymns, Higgs has released a handful of solo albums (among other artistic endeavors); most recently, he joined the experimental rock band The Skull Defekts—described as “Sweden’s answer to the States’ Sonic Youth and the Netherlands’ The Ex”—to record the band’s latest album, Peer Amid. The results of the collaboration are probably what you’d expect (in a good way): it doesn’t sound so much like Lungfish as it does the frontman from Lungfish singing over Skull Defekts tracks. (Hey, who would have guessed?) You can give “Fragrant Nimbus,” off Peer Amid, below (courtesy of Thrill Jockey). The Skull Defekts perform with Zomes and Northern Liberties at 8 p.m. at Danger Danger Gallery; tickets to the all-ages show are $5-$10.
Also playing: Toy Soldiers + Paper Masques, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Up The Chain at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10); Gobble Gobble + Golden Ages at The Barbary (6:30 p.m., all ages, $10)