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Xray Eyeballs, Paul Cary, Nones Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., March 24, 9 p.m. 2011

The world needs more bands willing to write a "crystal meth breakup song," and Brooklyn's Xray Eyeballs are here to help. A five-piece featuring three members of Golden Triangle (whose Double Jointer LP was one of my favorites of 2010), Xray Eyeballs released their debut seven-inch on HoZac this month, and it'd make a fine soundtrack to late-night leering and frothing in the downtown-at-dawn dropout discos Richard Hell once sang about. The first song, "Crystal," is like some kind of new-wave coupleskate for terminal fuckups—a cavernous, effects-heavy sway-and-lurch with arty pop hooks anchored by traditional garage rhythms. On the B side, "Broken Beds" and "Kam Sing Nights" have Golden Triangle's orgiastic paroxysms of reverbed-out boom-chick, but the tracks are shorter and the guitars have more of an insecticidal vibrato. Xray Eyeballs' first LP, Not Nothing, comes out April 19 on Kanine; this is definitely a band to watch in 2011. —Brian Costello

Price: $10, $8 in advance

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