The “garage rock” label sometimes feels as random as the disparate collection of stuff you might find in an actual garage. But maybe it’s perfect for Spider Bags, a Chapel Hill-based band with Jersey punk origins that’s capable of turning out a satisfying cover of Ram-era Paul McCartney when needed. Last year’s Shake My Head — a standout even in a particularly strong year for indie/garage releases — melded the rowdy post-punk of frontman Dan McGee’s old band, DC Snipers, with the Southern-tinged, warped sprawl of Spider Bags’ own overlooked 2009 album, Goodbye Cruel World, Hello Crueler World. The streamlined result turned out to be a woozy, reverb-drenched best-of-both-worlds that felt like that golden moment between last night’s party and tomorrow’s well-earned hangover — which may explain the band’s growing rep as a kick-ass live act.
Thu., Jan. 17, 8 p.m., $10, with Larcenist, Gross Ghost and Mat Burke, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-291-4919, kungfunecktie.com.