Rock & Pop

Wild Flag

When: Fri., Nov. 4, 9 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 5, 9 p.m. 2011

Wild Flag was originally created for the purposes of writing and performing the score of Lynn Hershman Leeson's 2009 documentary Women Art Revolution. Featuring Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (Helium) and Rebecca Cole (The Minders), this indie rock quartet instead evolved into a unit that works collectively and avoids typical supergroup drama. That's particularly impressive given that the individual members have played together in different configurations for a number of years. The group's self-titled debut is everything you'd hope for -- kick-ass songs fueled by well-honed, intuitive playing. Weiss lays down a bottom hard enough to rattle teeth, guitarists Brownstein and Timony expertly swap lead and rhythm duties, and Cole fills in the gaps with expertly placed keyboard runs. Right from the Television-like opener "Romance," these ladies play with a swagger and snap that goes from the Runaways-meets-Modern Lovers sass of "Endless Talk" to raucous full-on jams like "Racehorse," which threatens to blow apart but never quite does. As good as it sounds in the studio, Wild Flag promises even greater awesomeness attheGreatAmericanMusic Hall (859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco) on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5. 9 p.m., $17, $19.

Dave Gil de Rubio

Price: $17, $19

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