Having kicked off the year by issuing one of the local scene's most promising full-length debuts in the form of It's All OK, 22-year-old indie rocker Dan Mariska closes out 2012 with a tasty four-song follow-up 7-inch recorded with the aid of his three-piece backing band, the Boys Choir. Mariska has re-teamed once again with ace local producer Knol Tate and is still drawing plenty of inspiration from the slack-jawed '90s indie scene, despite the fact that he was barely out of diapers when Pavement were at their apex. The 7-inch finds Mariska's sound maturing without losing its feisty edge. Given the massive blog buzz that's greeted other youngsters reviving the sounds of the Clinton-era underground, the odds of Mariska staying a largely under-the-radar talent for much longer are slim. With International Karate, France Camp. 18+.
Fri., Dec. 7, 9 p.m., 2012