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Local music news for the week of 8/26/05

When on September 7 the CHARMS head out on their first US tour, they’ll have coast-to-coast radio and TV support. Sort of. Their "Pussycat" is now playing in a national ad campaign for the Jim Jarmusch/Bill Murray film Broken Flowers. Meanwhile, home-town fans can enjoy a coffee-themed version of the Charms’ "Action" in a campy ad for the Massachusetts-based chain Marylou’s that’s been airing on Channel 7 . . . Those purveyors of stylish rock ABERDEEN CITY will have reason to rejoice at their show tonight (August 25) at the Middle East: the band’s Sixty Lives EP jumped nearly 70 spots on the CMJ Top 200 chart earlier this month. Their debut full-length, The Freezing Atlantic, is due October 25 on NYC-based Dovecote Records . . . Cabaret-punk favorites the DRESDEN DOLLS pulled the plug on a slew of late-summer European festival dates, including the venerable Reading and Leeds, at the request of drummer Brian Viglione. Instead, Amanda Palmer spent last week playing solo in Scotland. The duo will continue recording their second album next month with Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade at Allaire Studios in upstate New York and Camp Street Studios in Cambridge. A two-week US headlining tour follows, culminating with the Dolls’ annual Halloween-night soiree at Avalon . . . Revered art punks MISSION OF BURMA will also enter the studio late next month to record the follow-up to OnOFFon with producer/fourth member BOB WESTON. All new material, the as-yet-untitled disc will include songs debuted at recent shows . . . New Bedford continues to gun for the title of Massachusetts new-rock mecca. In the wake of nitro yowlers A Wilhelm Scream and thrash-metal kids Beyond the Embrace, the town’s newest home-town pride is the power-pop quartet ROOFTOP SUICIDE CLUB. Brought up on a diet of "Wilco, Big Star, and Air Supply," the group last week released a debut CD, Always like This (Stop Pop and Roll), that they’ll support every Tuesday night next month at the Abbey Lounge . . . Dropkick Murphys frontman All Barr’s old band the BRUISERS have announced a reunion show September 14 at the Roxy. It’s their only New England appearance and their first local show in five years. They’ll be joined by the CASUALTIES, the DUCKY BOYS, and TOMMY AND THE TERRORS.

Sarah Tomlinson can be reached at stomlins@mindspring.com

Issue Date: August 26 - September 1, 2005
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