Fri., July 05, the Hot Break
Blue Lamp, 9 p.m., $5
Once upon a time, there was a local band called Indecisive Youth. That group has since changed its name in order to better reflect a maturing sound. Thus, the Hot Break was born. Despite the new moniker, it hasn't abandoned its profound punk-rock energy, but now it utilizes more sophisticated eclectic-guitar work and expresses a wider range of emotions—not just angry and more angry. Its heavy alternative sound (or as the group calls it, “accelerated rock”) is not too dissimilar to bands like Jimmy Eat World but is somewhat more complex in execution. 1400 Alhambra Boulevard, www.reverbnation.com/thehotbreak.