Priests at Comet Ping Pong Friday, May 17

“Why is that girl screaming like that?” a housemate once asked about some punk-rock record I was playing. Yes, what one music geek hears as a cathartic, passionate roar can be another’s off-key temper tantrum. Take local punk band Priests. The D.C. combo’s noisy sound is anchored by singer Katie Greer’s sociopolitical rants and sing-song wailing. Greer, also a member of Ian Svenonius’ Chain & the Gang, yells about consumerism in “Radiation” and Air Force One in “Personal Planes,” borrowing a page from punk rock’s well-worn book of cultural criticism through song. But those who can’t hang with Greer’s raw-throated delivery might still find something special in guitarist Gideon Jaguar’s riffs, which snake through “Diet Coke,” explode in “World,” and shake with a nervous energy in “Cobra.”

Priests performs with Give, Xanax, and Hand Grenade Job at 10 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com.

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