Expo 90 Festival

If you've been to shows at Cairo before, then you're already familiar with bands like Stephanie, Witch Gardens, USF, and Hausu, all of whom will perform at the art space/vintage shop's fifth annual Expo Festival (which also includes a day of photography shows and performance art on Thursday, November 15, no cover). But the curators at Cairo excel at simultaneously staying loyal to the old and introducing the fresh and new, and the musical lineup at this year's festival includes several newer names that are worth getting acquainted with: mostly notably, the droney grunge-punk of FF; Jeff Johnson's intriguingly disjointed twitch-pop project The Numbs, which recently released its debut cassette People on Couple Skate Records; and the all-female surf-pop quartet La Luz, fronted by former Curious Mystery frontwoman Shana Cleveland. With Dream Salon, Hair & Space Museum, Brain Fruit, Baby Guns. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Fri., Nov. 16, 6 p.m., 2012

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