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Black Tie Affair

Monday, January 2; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)

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Black Tie Affair is dead, long live Black Tie Affair! The California-based band that originated this apparently irresistible moniker called it quits in July, but failed to will the domain name myspace.com/blacktieaffair to its Cincinnati successors. (Just backspace away the "affair" part of that address to see sweat-soaked live-show shots of the still-active group.) Black Tie Affair, midway through a tour that includes such venues as Longstreet United Methodist Church and Chapmanville West Grade School Gym, combines heartfelt wailing vocals, rapid-fire dual-guitar breakdowns and sporadic funk-bass burbles. A regional triad rounds out this bill, including windmill-kicking grinders Sassophrass!!, Florissant's teenage noise-terrorists Autumn Bleeds Red and Fenton's equally youthful metalcore merchants Ashes of Red.

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