Ah, the terrible twos—that feral age before our absurd and gleeful impulses get chiseled into our permanent records. Local label Royalty, Etc. may only be turning two, but a quick glance at tonight's lineup (all labelmates) reveals a maturity beyond its years. One can always count on bit-and-byte Spandex benefactors Zibra Zibra to write on the walls and cut the heads off of its sister's Barbie Dolls. But the symphonic, digital brooding of These Modern Socks suggests a precocious contemplative side, and the bassy, Elephant Six nostalgia of show-openers Middlepicker indicates that the label has been digging through its older brother's record collection. And this label is no avaricious toddler—with a slew of CDs and T-shirts to hand out, Royalty, Etc. will be providing the gifts, ensuring that this is one second birthday party where the grown-ups won't be feigning their good time.
Sat., Feb. 23, 7 p.m., 2008