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When: Fri., June 5, 10 p.m. 2015

It’s a bummer when a staple of the local scene calls it a day, especially when it’s one that’s been as consistently great as Radar Eyes. Even more of a shame is that we won’t get to hear what they were capable of accomplishing. Fronted by Anthony Cozzi—who’s not only done time in bands like CoCoComa, Circles, and Ultimate Painting but, full disclosure, is also currently doing time as my roommate—Radar Eyes formed eight years ago and released their debut self-titled full-length on HoZac in 2012. On that solid record the band smear a hazy, druggy fuzz over basic, reverby garage pop—but it’s on the yet-to-be-released last record, Radiant Remains, that Radar Eyes really take shape. Joined by guitarist Russell Calderwood and drummer Nithin Kalvakota—who following the debut replaced Nathan Lueking and Shelley Zawadzki, respectively—Cozzi and bassist Lukas Sikorski weave a dramatic, sweeping epic that pays homage to chilling postpunk acts like the Cure, Joy Division, and Siouxsie & the Banshees. The muscular-but-minimal rhythms and interplaying guitars undergird each track as moody sonic embellishments—like buzzy synths, saxophone skronks, and warm organs—float in and float out. The whole record is a spooky ride and a serious departure from the cheery, lo-fi garage-rock universe that gave birth to the band (the album’s over-the-top highlight, “A Daughter’s Hymn,” features theatrical vocal interplay between Cozzi and Angela Mullenhour of Sybris and Touched by Ghoul). Unfortunately Radar Eyes will expire before Radiant Remains makes it out for mass consumption, but HoZac claims that it’ll get an official release at the end of the year. When talking about the band’s split with Gossip Wolf in late April, Cozzi cited “general adult life stuff taking precedence” as the reason for the split. This is the last Radar Eyes show ever, so expect some special guests to get onstage with the band. —Luca Cimarusti

Price: $8

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