Melbourne, Australia, quartet WITCH HATS carry the torch of noisy and primal post-punk/blues damage from the land Down Under. It's hard not to compare them to fellow Aussie Nick Cave and his pre-Bad Seeds antics with the Birthday Party. Witch Hats even wrangled Birthday Party drummer Phill Calvert to produce their forthcoming full-length for Memphis label In the Red. The group's show Mon., AUG. 18, is part of an American debut that carries the group across the country, setting hearts and minds on fire with a blend of sinister and addictive art-punk stomps. Derek Lyn Plastic and Coffin Bound open. $7. 9 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Road. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.