Reliable entertainment whether or not bands survive long enough to provide "I was there" stories, First Avenue's annual best-new-local-music showcase looks especially promising this time around. The namesake singer of Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps (pictured) is another remarkable quavering voice in local acoustic freak-folk and pop, but one with especially accessible songs. Lookbook do down-tempo indie-electro, but with a similarly stringing female singer. Kristoff Krane is an art rapper with his own distinct melodic sense. Bouncer Fighter have loads of sophisticated tunes beneath head-clearing amounts of keyboard and guitar noise. And the Dynamiters will be recognizable from a half-dozen other acclaimed local alt bands. 18+.
Wed., Jan. 14, 7 p.m., 2009