When: Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. 2011
With their slick Van Halen glam riffs and nasty grooves—not to mention the jokey, sleazy swagger of lead dude Mike Lust—Tight Phantomz were made for New Year's Eve. They've been less active since 2006, when a series of defections left Lust the only member for a spell, but this year the band—which now consists of Lust, bassist Pete Croke (Reds and Blue, Brokeback), guitarist Stephen Howard (Pinebender, Redgrave), and new drummer Brian Wnukowski (Haymarket Riot, Big'n)—returns to Quenchers for a fifth consecutive balloon-and-confetti countdown. The most recent Tight Phantomz effort, 2009's not-quite-released double album Silk Prison, drifts between styles with the unself-consciousness of a daydreamer, stretching out to include some aching, introspective indie fare alongside the kind of glory-of-rock-'n'-roll moments that made the 2005 shredder Crazy When Wet so much fun. Tight Phantomz shows are few and far between these days, so have a blast and don't waste a second thinking about what you'll feel like tomorrow. You've got the right soundtrack for it. —Kevin Warwick Bible of the Devil opens.
Price: $10 suggested donation