Some sweet Class of 2012 double-dipping going on tonight around town, as ANIMAL TALK kick-off a sold Thursday night rock show at T.T. The Bear's Place in Cambridge (with BrownBoot, the Future Everybody, and Blackboard Nails), while over a few friendly bridges CAMDEN put down the telephones and headlines a glitzy affair at Allston's Great Scott (Daily Pravda, Cooling Towers, and Paper Snakes in tow).
By now I've blown my journalistic load all over both of these bands, so let's recap the Class of 2012 blubage and get into the muzakkk. See you in the pit.
ANIMAL TALK | CLASS OF 2012 | The past few months have been a rocket ride for the post-dance rock attack of Animal Talk. Two days after their frenetic debut EP dropped in September, they found themselves on a bill with Young the Giant at a packed BU Central. They got there on the strength of a record produced by Grammy-winning Ducky Carlisle at his Ice Station Zebra studio in Medford that skillfully combines elements of electronics and rock without one fully giving in to the other. "Can't Dance With It" is a bubbling synth number that's destined for alt-rock radio, while "Into the Sun" is confident modern pop shuffle with an edge. Animal Talk hit the road in the spring before showing off the goods at SXSW in March.
January 26 @ T.T. The Bear's Place, Cambridge | 9pm | 18+ | $7 | facebook.com/animaltalkmusic
&lt;a href="http://animaltalk.bandcamp.com/album/animal-talk-ep"&gt;Animal Talk EP by Animal Talk&lt;/a&gt;
CAMDEN | CLASS OF 2012 | The evolution of Camden over the past few years has seen the crew transform from a tropical, electronic beat haze to a tightly-wound indie rock wildcat. Thankfully, these days the world needs more brash, screaming-guitar indie-rock bands playing fast and loud, and that's when Camden are at their turbo-charged best. July's Totally Fine EP was a three-song suckerpunch led by the 150-second hi-fi sprint of "Mustangs," a track that could have saved the early-2000s garage-rock revival from itself, and it comes as no shock that Jason Sibilia's bratty vocals have received the Ted Leo comparison before. A follow-up 7-inch is set for February, then a new release in spring that includes two previously unissued tracks from the Totally Fine sessions before a full-length next summer. Camden's getting all prolific at just the right time.
January 26 @ Great Scott, Allston | 9pm | 18+ | $8 | camdensoundz.com
&lt;a href="http://camden.bandcamp.com/album/getting-around"&gt;Getting Around by Camden&lt;/a&gt;