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Baptized by Screaming Females 

The New Jersey trio performs at First Unitarian Church Oct. 28

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Photo by Lance Bangs

You might suspect this is the first time Screaming Females — the New Brunswick, New Jersey trio fronted by the tempest-summoning, teapot-sized singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster — has been booked to play a church. You would be wrong. In fact, the DIY-champion band is a semi-regular at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia. It was there the band held the release party for its most recent record, Rose Mountain, and for return engagements in 2016 and in February of this year, one imagines the tape on the stained-glass windows just stayed up. (This First Unitarian welcomed T-1000 terminator Thou in July, so consider its panes battle tested.) Paternoster, bassist Mike Rickenbacker and drummer Jarrett Dougherty know just as well the unswept corners for hard rock shows in New Orleans, having performed at defunct Mid-City commune Nowe Miasto, Central City's Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, Uptown coffeeshop Hey! Cafe and Gasa Gasa's then-addendum record shop Sisters in Christ, the booking agent behind both Thou's exorcism and this gig. That fiercely independent itinerary is the sturdy, steely trellis on which the Females' DNA is wound, a basement-debasing spirit now aloft in unconditional houses of worship across the country. At this nondenominational baptism of All at Once (Don Giovanni), a construct-busting double LP expected in February, shout a prayer for anyone not present. Berkeley, California berserkers Street Eaters and local badasses Gland open. Tickets $15 ($10 in advance at Sisters in Christ, 5206 Magazine St.).

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