Night Gallery, White Car, Deep Earth Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Aug. 6, 10 p.m. 2010

Half-local duo Night Gallery (aka Aaron David Ross of Gatekeeper, who recently left for Brooklyn, and Adam Griffin of Golden Birthday) say they met at a starry-night outdoor screening of The Neverending Story, and if that isn't the perfect way to start a questionably sincere New Romantic band then my name ain't Atreyu. True to the genre, the slow-motion dance music on their imminent debut LP, Constant Struggle (Rainbow Body), flaunts some impressively trashy synth prowess and lots of overblown, overemotional lyrics bemoaning the pain of loving a self-absorbed woman, the pain of having a sense of dignity, the pain of falling asleep . . . the pain of anything, really. Ross and Griffin flavor all the entertaining OMD-style moping and frippery with different varieties of excess: "Real Normal," for instance, is slimy Grace Jones-tinged slink-funk, while "Wild Palms" is a pert and tangy little tropical ditty that 25 years ago could've accompanied a TV commercial by an optimistic Caribbean tourism board. Now somebody needs to slap together a steamy 80s-noir crime movie with a detective and a femme fatale and a pre-lovemaking scene featuring a glimpse of garter belt and a suggestive shot of miniblinds crumpled by a groping hand—I know exactly who can do the soundtrack. Night Gallery and White Car also play Thursday at Lincoln Hall. —Liz Armstrong

Price: $8

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