Anyone who spent much time in Ohio's dirtiest dives in the late aughts probably encountered Beat the Devil, a hard-touring bunch of Brooklyn punks built around Shilpa Ray's unique talents.Anyone who spent much time in Ohio's dirtiest dives in the late aughts probably encountered Beat the Devil, a hard-touring bunch of Brooklyn punks built around Shilpa Ray's unique talents.

Anyone who spent much time in Ohio's dirtiest dives in the late aughts probably encountered Beat the Devil, a hard-touring bunch of Brooklyn punks built around Shilpa Ray's unique talents.

The band's leading lady jolted each song along with the growl of a feline (or at least a Joplin) in heat. Furthermore, she showed her instrumental savvy by strapping on a harmonium to add a touch of that Gogol Bordello gypsy flair.

Last year, Ray bid adieu to her bandmates and rounded up a new crew of miscreants to keep expanding her repertoire. The quickly conceived A Fish Hook An Open Eye boasts blasts of punk as raunchy as anything Beat the Devil did, but it also brings the inevitable softening on tracks like "Beating Saint Louis" and "What the F*** Was I Thinking?"

It suits Ray well, showing off a heretofore unknown sense of melody and melancholy and positioning her as an authentically underground, truly deviant answer to ex-Be Your Own Pet haranguer Jemina Pearl.

Sharon Van Etten will also play Friday.