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When: Fri., July 11, 9 p.m. 2014

Garagey indie-pop four-piece Circles are celebrating the release of their first full-length, Shadowgraph, out on their own Diminished Arc label, and this release show—with their buddies in Bare Mutants and Outer Minds—promises to be just as big a party as the album. This mostly local band formed as a trio, with guitarist Srini Radhakrishna (Football, France Has the Bomb), bassist Melissa Elias (Ponys), and drummer Ken Coulman, and last summer they released their debut, the EP Are You Watching the Masters? Because the Masters Are Watching You (engineered by Mike Lust). Its jangly, organ-driven pop tunes, topped with hooky, slightly sour vocal harmonies, appear again on Shadowgraph as its B side, while the album’s front half consists of six songs that Cave’s Cooper Crain recorded late last year; Anthony Cozzi of Radar Eyes has taken over on bass (Elias, who’s now a mom, did only vocals on the new material), and Empty Bottle talent buyer Christen Thomas has come aboard to play the keyboard parts. The LP sounds like a bunch of friends having a good time together, and Radhakrishna says the band will re-create that mood onstage by having everyone who appears on Shadowgraph help to perform it live—even stoic Bottle doorman Bob Johnson, who contributes saxophone and spoken word to “Black Music.” Radhakrishna recently moved to San Francisco, and though he intends to keep Circles alive, from here on out their shows will be few and far between. —Luca Cimarusti

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