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Disappears, Bare Mutants, Outer Minds, DJs Sriracha & Jimmy Hollywood Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. 2011

If you want to spend New Year's Eve with people looking forward to a brighter year, consider sharing the night with Disappears. This is the mostly local four-piece's first gig since recording their third studio LP—also the first with their newish drummer, Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley. The material on the forthcoming Pre Language (Kranky) isn't a total departure from the combo's original throbbing sound, which weds the acid ferocity of early Wire to the narcotic pulse of Spacemen 3; front man Brian Case still exudes stern dismay with his telegraphic singing, and his tremolo-heavy guitar leads still drip with spy-movie foreboding. But Shelley's pared-down attack adds swing and clarity to the group's unwavering grooves, and the album's stepped-up production adds depth without sacrificing impact—it's the same car, it just has a hotter engine under the hood. Now that they're apparently no longer obligated to work around the schedule of Shelley's better-known band, Disappears face a wide-open road in 2012; here's your chance to see them peel out. —Bill Meyer Bare Mutants and Outer Minds open; DJ Sriracha and Jimmy Hollywood spin.$25, $20 in advance

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