Secret Colours, Apteka, E+ Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Jan. 7, 10 p.m. 2012

There's a tendency among bands who worship at the altar of psychedelic guitar drone to get progressively spacier with time; that's probably fun for musicians who get off on exploring new dimensions or whatever, but it can be a drag for the sizable percentage of their fans who prefer a little structure. Smarter groups will get a little weird only to turn around and apply their newly aquired sonic construction skills to actual pop songs. When local sextet Secret Colours first hit the scene last year, they offered one of the finer recent takes on the basic Velvets-meet-Spacemen 3 formula (which remains one of the better aesthetics for a fresh-faced band to pursue). But their new self-released EP3 is a big change; it's a patchwork of garage, folk, and baroque Swinging London pop held together by an expertly rendered druggy giddiness. Sounds like they're one of the smart ones. —Miles Raymer Apteka and E+ open.

Price: $8, free with RSVP at rsvp@emptybottle.com

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