Jan. 6-7, 7 p.m. 2018 All Ages
Recommended by Andrew Gospe
Early January is the live-music doldrums, so this free mini-festival of local bands, now in its fifth year, is a welcome respite from Top-40 DJ nights and other calendar-filling fluff. The lineup isn’t particularly diverse (stylistically or otherwise), but it’s sure to please those seeking local rock music, with an emphasis on psych, punk, and surf. Selections from the fest’s two days include costumed new-wave eccentrics the Fabulous Downey Brothers, gothic electro-pop duo Golden Gardens, jammy “livetronica” five-piece Theoretics, and electronic transcendentalist Vox Mod.