You may know this by now, but tonight at 7 p.m. at the Record Bar, two UK buzz bands are playing: the Who and the Dave Clark Five.
It's actually Maximo Park and the Cribs. They're kind of like today's mods, though, when it comes to the British beat. Maximo's two albums (including this year's Our Earthly Pleasures) have been fast, fun, literate and catchy -- and unjustly overshadowed by the hyperexplosive success of the Arctic Monkeys, who have a similar sound but a less grown-up style. "Going Missing," from the first Maximo album, A Certain Trigger, and also the Stranger than Fiction soundtrack, is quite good:
The Cribs... dunno much about them, but I like "Men's Needs":
It's a MySpace Secret Show, a largely unpromoted deal paid for (I assume) by the online giant. Add the Secret Show as a friend, and you'll find out early about these things, though who knows how many more will come through KC that are this good.