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Magnetix, Xray Eyeballs, Blizzard Babies Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., March 23, 10 p.m. 2012

On their second album, Splendor Squalor (Kanine), Xray Eyeballs deliver a lively and prismatic Jesus and Mary Cocteau Velvet Bunnymen Urinals pastiche, glazed in a warm-jetted je ne sais Brooklyn. The new record retains the flangey haze of their debut, last year's Not Nothing, only now there are cool-sweet male-female vocal harmonies on some tracks ("Syrup," "Gotham Low Lifes"). The dance-party pummel of "X" isn't quite new, but there's more of it on Splendor Squalor—and in the video the band recently made, they channel Richard Kern, replacing Lydia Lunch's myriad depravities with bassist-vocalist Carly Rabalais smooching a portrait of Sir Darby Crash. The songs and the production are stepped up, making for a shimmering shiny soundtrack to an Adderal disco summer of artsy-craftsy dance parties—you know, your basic contemporary urban bacchanalia. When I wrote about this band for the Reader a year ago, I was hoping the potential obvious in Not Nothing would blossom into something exciting and distinct. Glad to see that's happening. —Brian Costello Magnetix headline; Xray Eyeballs and Blizzard Babies open.

Price: $8

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