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When: Wed., Nov. 23, 7 p.m. 2011

Every few years a small-to-midsize city will unexpectedly spout a gusher of garage-rock groups that seize control of the genre's aesthetic direction. The scene in Melbourne, Australia, is the latest to blow, thanks mostly to jittery, postpunk-inflected outfits the Eddy Current Suppression Ring and Super Wild Horses, and though the community is still ascendant it's already produced at least one album—Eddy Current's 2010 Rush to Relax—that's found permanent shelf space in the hearts of garage geeks worldwide. ECSR guitarist Mikey Young may have repeated the achievement with Henge Beat (Iron Lung), his first LP with fellow Melburnian Daniel Stewart (of UV Race) as Total Control. The album's shifts in stylistic references (atmospheric goth-pop on "Meds II," primal garage stomp on "Stonehenge") could've been jarring in less capable hands, but Young and Stewart unite the whole thing with an edgy, anxious mood and a style that suggests what Joy Division might have sounded like if they were more up-front about wanting to be Roxy Music. —Miles Raymer Thee Oh Sees headline both of tonight's shows, preceded by Total Control.For more, see Artist on Artist.

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