When: Thu., Dec. 13, 9 p.m. 2012
On this year's Dinner Party (Teen River) local band Toupee mess around with black-metal riffs and hardcore rhythms, but the songs that hit the hardest are slow and ominous postpunk numbers that roll in like fog. The loose, ragged guitar on "Lullaby" and "Cranial Walker" creates a thick haze of lo-fi distortion that hangs over the rhythm section's often skeletal groove and the howls, growls, and dolphinlike cries of front woman Whitney Allen. On the standout "Slowski," which sounds like a doo-wop tune slowed down to a crawl, Toupee filter their eerie aesthetic through rose-colored glasses, creating a combination of nostalgic sentimentality and free-floating creepiness that'd make it a perfect fit for a David Lynch film. —Leor Galil King Tuts Tomb, Onyx System, and Balldrop open.
Price: $8, free with RSVP to email@example.com