The Rope have a sultry darkness around them that is like a siren song sounding above the shiny, Moog-soaked din that the post-punk scene in Minneapolis has become of late. Pulling pieces from the best parts of '80s post-punk (Joy Division and Psychedelic Furs in particular), they do it louder, tighter, and simply better than most everyone else, dialing back the tongue-in-cheek references and simply allowing the material to stand or fall on its own, elevating the risk and, in turn, adding weight to the songs. The Rope have created a perpetual motion machine that operates only in an audio format, and they'll bring that machine to the Entry Wednesday to open for the Night, who are celebrating the release of their 7-inch. The bill from top to bottom looks to be solid, but the Rope are the band not to be missed. With Ghost in the Water and the Trapezoids. 18+.
Wed., Dec. 21, 8 p.m., 2011