[tonight in boston + free mp3] Parallels + Casey Desmond + Bearstronaut @ Church

Fuck the gloomy weather, let's have a dance party. Tonight at Church I'm joining together two of my favorite things -- the Boston Phoenix and my own Allston-based Vanya Records -- for a neon-baked electro-pop explosion in the Fens.

While the local flair will be in full-effect with live performances by our city's own electro queen, CASEY DESMOND, and spring-fling dance-pop quartet BEARSTRONAUT -- as well as DJ sets by Xavier of GLASS TEETH, providing some dark clouds of glossy pop, and myself, spinning the more sparkling side of my usual dance sets at the pill -- tonight we also welcome the long-awaited Boston debut of PARALLELS.

The darkly-glowing synth-pop trio from Toronto broke on to the indie dance scene a few years ago with the glistening electro tracks "Ultralight" and "Find the Fire," and now have a new record, XII, out in June. To celebrate their new release and tonight's party, the Parallels crew passed along a free mp3 of one of their upcoming tracks, the crystalline new-wave-kissed "Moonlight Desires."

DOWNLOAD: Parallels "Midnight Desires" [mp3]

I also caught up with front woman Holly Dodson earlier this week, in advance of tonight's show.

"This will be our first time in Boston, so we are so excited," Dodson tells the Phoenix. "Plus we'll be debuting, live, some new tracks to our set that are off of our new album, XII. I wish we would have more time to explore; I've always known Boston as a major cultural heart, music and art especially, with everything the Boston Pops orchestra to the underground punk scene that happened in the '80s."

Though the rainy weather outside might get in the way of canvassing the city, Dodson has some targets in mind. And they aren't Newbury Street.

"We've been wanting to play Boston and love that we finally have an excuse to go," she says. "I'm also hoping to visit some art galleries in the Jamaica Plain area... I've heard good things."


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