Hey—First Avenue is still our goddamned club, isn't it? So why does it seem that out-of-towners get to have all the fun? Well, the Mastodons and Girl Talks and Ted Leos of the world get to spend some quality time descrambling their hotel porn channels, because tonight our holiest of holies is reserved for the most challenging, ambitious domestics to debut in 2007. Okay—Ghana-born M.anifest might put a twist on "domestic," but with a honey-glazed flow belying a stunningly incisive world consciousness, he is easily our most precious new import. From the strident crush of Gay Witch Abortion to the slow-burning haunt of To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie, from the jangle of Mouthful of Bees to the spasmodic Cold War nostalgia of Gospel Gossip, it's a lineup that shows off a sophisticated sonic schizophrenia that is ours and ours alone. Xenophobes unite. 18+.
Fri., Jan. 18, 7 p.m., 2008