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Music: Pop. 1280, Sediment Club, Bambara

Pop. 1280 (Via Alphaville/ Facebook)

Pop. 1280 (Via Alphaville/ Facebook)

Tis the season for record releases apparently– Sacred Bones bbs, Pop. 1280, are dropping their very own hard-won doo doo baby, aka Paradiseon January 22. (Catch a streaming preview over at The Drone.) And the thank heavens it is so, coz seriously things are looking bleak outside right now, are they not? This Friday night show at Alphaville is just what the doctor ordered– something new and something blue. If you’re not a friend of Pop.1280 just yet, think a futuro-industrial Birthday Party if Nick Cave had gone deeper down the dark spiral.

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Week in Shows: a Set So Harsh It’s Blister-Popping & a Cyber-Industrial Reawakening

(Flyer via Aviv/ Facebook)

(Flyer via Aviv/ Facebook)

Guido, Ritual Humor, Lover’s Touch, Rubber, Decorum
Monday January 18, 8 pm at Aviv: $8

Late notice, but we know you’re looking for something to do on what’s sure to be a cold-as-hell Monday night anyway. We’re talking something that doesn’t involve drinking a bottle of wine to the face in front of How to Make a Murderer and passing out, mid-text message while you’re attempting to convince your friend that Steven Avery did do it. Rest assured this one’s not going to be outside, but last we checked it’s a good idea to wear a lil cardi and a beanie to Aviv– industrial spaces can be tres drafty, y’all. But even if you’ve got the chills, count on em being long banished by the time the second opener, Rubber, takes the stage.

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Music: Pop. 1280, Pawns, Wrung, Informant

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We imagine this show will evoke a feeling not unlike swallowing a bucket of ice cubes. Front and center are Pawns, post-punk purveyors of snow-cone-like frigidity, celebrating their new 7″ record, Eternal Return, dropping from where else but Sacred Bones. The new mini-record– which is already sold out online, but we’re guessing will be available at the show– finds Pawns once again looking deep into the darkest nether-reaches of the early ’80s, channeling Ian Curtis’s Arctic-bound baritone and the Fall’s pummeling drums and hellish guitars.

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Shows: Flashback to the ’90s and Tropicália Nostalgia

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Welcome back to reality. Now that summer’s officially over (the days seem shorter already, don’t they?) you’re going to need a serious hangover remedy for those months of self-abuse. If that sounds painful, it doesn’t have to be. Good shows will help get you back on your feet and distract you from the literal spiral into darkness happening right before our eyes. This week, see what a Kiwi guitar-pop legend is up to these days and don’t miss a certain Tropicália squad’s reunion.

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Shows: Yas Noise Queens and Renegade Sounds from the Lone Star State

(Photo via Pharmakon Facebook)

(Photo via Pharmakon Facebook)

Where has the sun gone? It’s cool, we needed a break anyway. Thankfully mood-appropriate bands are scooting into town reminding us of our impending doom. This week, scoop up sounds by the dominatrixes of noise, the best of just-above-underground electronic music, and gothy post-punk devotees.

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