SHIM hasn’t released fresh material in almost two years now (according to their MySpace page, they’re currently in the process of recording a new album), but this is a band that’s always been about the live performances anyway. Fans have come to expect and soak up the billowing smoke machines and arena-style lighting that accentuate SHIM’s stage, along with the band’s frizzed-out hairdos, which go perfectly with their saucy music. While they’ve previously listed classic rock acts like Boston and the Doors as their influences, SHIM is actually pretty reminiscent of the Black Crowes, what with the squealing electric guitars, heavy bass lines and particularly with lead singer Ragan Crowe’s (Crowes? Crowe? Anyone?) bluesy, howling melodies. It’s high-octane stuff either way (one song finds the band shouting “Let me feel that thunderbolt!”), and in a city that loves going out for rock-and-roll shows, SHIM’s devil-may-care energy is always a real crowd-pleaser. With Virgin Islands. E. THOMPSON

Sat., Jan. 9, 9 p.m., 2010

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