THE SUN LEE SUNBEAM: They do their fishnet-and-lace-prom-dress garage metal at a CD-release party at Great Scott.
What do you have to show for your summer? These local acts sacrificed weeks of perfectly good BBQ time hunkered down in studios making records just so your transition into season-appropriate New England bitterness could be a bit more bearable. Behold! The prime of the approaching fall local rock crop.
THE LIGHTS OUT | T.T. the Bear's Place | September 25 | Color Machine, this local quartet's new full-length riff-heavy popsplosion, collects everything from their previous EPs and tacks on five brand new songs, all recorded with the Luxury's Jason Dunn at his Mad Science studio in Allston. Which means it's been a full three years in the making. A video for recent MP3 of the Week "Gottagetouttahere" is in the works as well. | 10 Brookline St, Cambridge | $10 | 617.492.BEAR or www.ttthebears.com
DEAD CATS DEAD RATS | Middle East upstairs | September 25 | North Shore scuzz trio Dead Cats Dead Rats have been wrecking rooms all year with their fitful grunge punk, and we'll finally have a souvenir once they self-release their nine-song debut, Riff. DCDR sound like a gnarled mix of '80s Northwest noisemongers like Tad and the Wipers with speed-crazed, rubber-band vocals that haven't really been touched by anyone since Bad Brains. | 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge | $8 | 617.864.EAST or www.mideastclub.com
YOU NEED NEW GLASSES | Middle East upstairs | September 25 | On that same bill, Watertown's You Need New Glasses unveil their Fart Proudly EP. Yes, YNNG rip loud-ass math rock led by depraved worked-up-vagrant vocals. They won't be hosting any more shows at their casa (maybe that Thunderhole brunch show was ill-advised?), but now they can devote more time to building on Boston's proud history of complicated rock with abstract harmonies, whirlwind drums, and a blissfully minuscule degree of commercial appeal. | 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge | $8 | 617.864.EAST or www.mideastclub.com
MY STUPID FRIENDS | Middle East upstairs | September 26 | From a world where the idea of four guitarists with half-stacks seems completely reasonable come My Stupid Friends, the local supergroup project for which Waltham's Peet Golan taps his most shamelessly metal yah-doods. Golan and company create an unrepentant, knuckleheaded wall of sleazy (and flawlessly executed) rock on Rock, Rip and Roll. Expect rock kicks from every member of the band at their release blowout. | 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge | $12 | 617.864.EAST or www.mideastclub.com
THE BYNARS | Great Scott | September 30 | These supremely mellow synth-poppers have been siphoning melodies from the Cars' fuel tank into some airtight EPs over the past few years (check last spring's Back from Outer Space), and a new one is due. No title yet, but they'll certainly have it figured out before their release show, at which they'll also debut a video from the EP produced by locals Quarter Productions. | 1222 Comm Ave, Boston | $8 | 617.566.9014 or www.greatscottboston.com