YOU CAN BE A WESLEY | October 7 | Allston's whip-smart indie kids like to keep things loose and on the fly. So though we do know they'll be releasing at least two new songs tonight, the jury's still out on whether those will appear for public consumption on DIY vinyl or as part of a limited-edition screenprinted CD-R/zine/storybook combination platter. Either way, it'll serve as a warm-up for a proper full-length over the winter — except that the band will have a new drummer and maybe a new name by then because, well, sensibilities change when you're not 18-year-old stoners anymore. | Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston | $7 | 617.566.9014 or greatscottboston.com
VIVA VIVA | October 7 | The legend of Viva Viva has grown exponentially on the shoulders of explosive live performances. So though the Cambridge rock-and-roll gang's debut full-length has been floating around on Bandcamp the past few months, we can't help being excited that actual hard copies of the album will be available at the Fort Point Recordings showcase. Our city's answer to the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Viva Viva could be the finest rock band in any Boston zip code, and now the energy of their psych-drunk garage rock stage show gets carried over to the home CD collection. Viva la vida. | Middle East upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge | $12 | 617.864.3278 or mideastclub.com
NEW COLLISIONS | October 9 | The Cambridge quintet stormed out of the gate last year with an '80s-inspired synthed-pop EP, and after just a handful of local gigs, they packed up and hit the road with a bunch of new-wave legends. Now they're back with The Optimist, a debut full-length curated by Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie at Camp Street studios. Representing a slightly mod-ernized musical sea change that's more Cheap Trick than Blondie, they're still on a head-on collision with the dance floor. | Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston | $10 | 617.566.9014 or greatscottboston.com
YOUNG ADULTS | November 6 | Fuck trends or college parties or dive bars — Allston will always be defined by its brash, loud, noisy punk bands. So now it's Young Adults' time to make a racket. The trio's Black Hole 12-inch (limited to 500 copies on fledgling Czech Republic–based AMDISCS) is 11 blistering lo-fi garage punk jams all jacked up with the help of engineers Justin Pizzoferrato (Sonic Youth, the Hold Steady) and Dan Gonzalez at Brighton's Esthudio home studio. Young Adults prove that Allston still has the fury that pushes our musical boundaries. | Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston | $8 | 617.566.9014 or greatscottboston.com
As of press time, there were no shows scheduled to celebrate these three releases, but they're worth your attention when they drop this fall.
FREEZEPOP | In Boston, Freezepop were perfecting blip-obsessed synth-pop at the turn of the millennium when everyone else was just getting into post-punk. Imaginary Friends (November 9) tackles honest electronic pop face forward, with a heavier use of analog synthesizers and outboard gear and one simple motto: more playing, less programming.
YES GIANTESS | These Boston dance-pop royals lean toward classic house and IDM for their upcoming EP, which is set to drop on London/NYC boutique label Black Math Music. It has the smooth track-to-track feel of a mixtape, the early working title is Westlake Prom, 1983, and we can expect a John Hughes–inspired video by Christmas.
BAD RABBITS | After spending summer in a Los Angeles studio with new-jack-swing producer Teddy Riley, this still-unsigned power-punk quintet keep fans fed with a new remix EP that should hit dance floors by Thanksgiving. The debut full-length drops in 2011.