Earlier this month the solid dudes in The Lights Out abruptly released an EP of new material called Rock Pony, and celebrated accordingly with your standard EP-release party down at the Middle East in Cambridge. Designed as a tasty rock n' roll stop-gap between albums -- a follow-up to last year's "Color Machine" is in the works, but these jams were just itching for release -- the four-song EP is catching some well-deserved attention for reasons beyond the music: the Rock Pony cover art.
That oddly-lit photo seems somehow appropriate for the authors of this week's mp3 of the week. THE LIGHTS OUT is their name (disclosure: one of them works here), and their earnest rock (think Thermals, Hold Steady, Ted Leo, etc.) seems well-suited to the darker corners of town like these places, or T. T.