Boston's going through an identity crisis; never has the city's music scene been so diverse, its sonic landscape so eclectic. But even as genres merge and sounds evolve, no-frills rock and roll is still king in these parts— and these eight new records will only further the cause.
THE DARKER HUES | Great Scott | March 8| Pairing up with Vermont's Rough Francis for a double-release-party bill, the Darker Hues offer a forcibly bent garage rock that's too cerebral for street punk and too aggro for indie. We Are The Darker Hues (2009) established the trio as an edgy post-hardcore voice, and their sophomore record is primed to be just as pushy. | 1222 Comm Ave, Allston | $8 |greatscottboston.com