Parts & Labor is playing the AV-aerie on Wednesday night (2000 W. Fulton #310. 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $8). You should go. I caught them on their last trip through and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to.1 I thought for awhile about how best to describe them to an unfamiliar audience, and this is what I came up with:

* If 21st century urban metropolises listened to music, it would probably sound like Parts & Labor.

* Imagine if Richard Thompson fronted a hardcore band.

* New Day Rising-era Husker Du with technologically-advanced DIY instruments.

* Their music is louder, noisier, and paradoxically-but-not-actually prettier than pretty much anything else going right now.

This is “The Gold We’re Digging,” the best song off of Mapmaker. You can listen to it here. Their Web site might destroy your monitor.

1. They have replaced their drummer and added a new guitarist, so I don’t know how that will effect things. This is a picture of their new guitarist, Sara Lipstate of Noveller; as you can see, she is playing what looks like a cross between a violin, a guitar, and an ironing board, so I think she will fit in. Their old drummer edits Paper Thin Walls and is currently working on a book about It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.