The day after Christmas is traditionally the worst day of the year. Cable-knit sweaters from grandma lay in lifeless heaps next to a few renegade pine needles that just won't come out of the carpet. Your stomach is sick from too many cookies. And your dog pissed on the tree. Again. Oh, the misery. Don't expect any leftover holiday cheer from Alpha Consumer, but their fierce melodies are a cathartic antidote to the winter doldrums. In what could be the saddest ode to the summer months, they meekly cry, "Yellow sun/Lay your cancer on me." Hey, at least another three months of frigid hibernation isn't going to kill us. With the band's lurid public affair with fuzz pedals and noisy celebration of mid-'90s shoegaze, they might even bring back some good memories—like that time you totally beat that neighbor kid in Mortal Kombat. With Wishbook and Mondo Mega. 18+. $8. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.7499.
Fri., Dec. 26, 9 p.m., 2008