Coming Attractions in Underground Music: January 2012

The latter half of January brings several outstanding, underground music shows to Boston.

Mmoss plays the Boston Underground Summit IV on January 28.

By David Cooper.

Mission of Burma, Viva Viva (1/20), Shepherdess (1/21). At the Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA, January 20 and 21, 9 p.m., $18, 18+.

Boston legends Mission of Burma return to the Brighton Music Hall with their post-punk sound. They will play two dates with Viva Viva supporting on Friday and Shepherdess on Saturday.

Names Divine, Da Burds, Quilt. At Allston City Limits, Allston, MA, January 25, 9 p.m., $5-10.

Chicago-based Names Divine will be playing their experimental rock at Allston house venue Allston City Limits. Da Burds and Quilt will provide support with their psych rock. Ask around for the address.

YWCA Boston Underground Summit IV. At YWCA, Cambridge, MA, January 28, 8p.m., $5-10.

The fourth installment of the Boston Underground Summit will be a round-robin-style affair. This implies that all 10 bands will set up around the perimeter of the room playing songs one after the other. Watch out for the throwback psych-rock of Mmoss and jazzy, noise rock attack from Guerilla Toss.

Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile. At the Somerville Theater, Somerville, MA, January 31, 7:30p.m., $21.50.

Indie rock legend Thurston Moore, of Sonic Youth fame, comes to the Somerville Theater. Moore will most likely be performing songs from his latest album, Demolished Thoughts. Indie rock up-and-comer Kurt Vile provides support.

For those looking for more shows than the few I highlight each month, here are some resources:

The Boston Counter Cultural Compass compiles a huge list of upcoming underground shows.

The WMBR’s experimental/noise concert report.

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