While best known these days as the frontman for somber folk-rock sextet Communist Daughter, in a former musical life Johnny Solomon cranked his amps up to 11 with Friends Like These. Despite uniform local acclaim, the pieces never quite fell into place for the ever-embattled group due to a combination of record label and substance abuse problems, with the high-voltage power-pop quartet only managing to release one official full-length and two limited-edition EPs before petering out by early 2007. That wrong gets righted at tonight's reunion gig, which also doubles as a CD-release show for a new eponymous collection featuring highlights from the band's slim-but-spectacular back catalog alongside numerous previously unreleased tracks. Those enamored of Solomon's acoustic ruminations in Communist Daughter and unfamiliar with his prior work will be pleasantly surprised to find that his knack for writing raucous rock riffs is equally strong. 18+.
Fri., Jan. 13, 9 p.m., 2012