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When: Fri., July 6, 10 p.m. 2012

Far too many kids who start bands think of cities as "markets" and touring as "expanding the brand," so it's encouraging to hear about Circles, who look to be guided by the simple principle that (to paraphrase a maxim Vince Lombardi made famous) making the best music you can isn't everything; it's the only thing. Guitarist Srini Radhakrishna (Football), bassist Melissa Elias (the Ponys), and drummer Ken Coulman (the Holy Ghosts) started the group as a home-recording project, just for the sake of doing it, and they've got the understated confidence of people who've played in bands for their entire adult lives and know what they like and what they can do—plus they understand what kind of magic can happen when you trust the collaborative efforts of longtime friends. The result is a chiaroscuro of midtempo jangle pop for Daydream Nationalists: the transcendent soar of "Black Eyes," the pounding, delirious march of "Photographs of Naked Ladies," the Pixies-ish snaking and caterwauling of "Back to One." So far they haven't played out much—tonight's show is a rare opportunity to see this side project, which has the potential to stand alongside its members' better-known efforts. —Brian Costello Black Lips headline; K-Holes, Circles, and the Get Drunk DJs open.

Price: $18, $15 in advance

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