It's been three years since Visqueen released a new album, 2009's Message to Garcia, and now they're making it official—as of tonight's show, the band's on hiatus. Their reasoning? Rachel Flotard, who became a local icon of fiery rock babes through Visqueen, can't fathom doing it without drummer and co-founder Ben Hooker, who's committed to being a full-time family man. "We have always taken risks together and this is the same thing," Flotard told me recently. "All of us love being part of this band, and the best way to move forward artistically and lovingly was to let it go for a while." Flotard, who's been playing with Rusty Willoughby as Cobirds Unite and running Local 638 Records, which supports artists like Shelby Earl, Star Anna, and Visqueen bassist Cristina Bautista's solo efforts, makes it clear that she isn't asking her fans to say goodbye to her. "I hope to be a very gray old lady making a rock and roll fool of myself," she says. With Broadcast Oblivion. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Sat., Nov. 26, 8 p.m., 2011

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