AFI has always been emos most goth-obsessed group. So its no surprise that Blaqk Audio -- a new side project featuring AFIs singer Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget -- smears on the eyeliner, plugs in the synths, and rocks like its 1983. The bands debut album, CexCells, cops new-wave riffs (think Depeche Mode), baritone-voiced profundity (thanks, Bauhaus), and dark-hearted introspection (just like the Birthday Party!). There are also plenty of electronic dance-floor workouts, which undoubtedly have the usually morose Havok and Puget smiling underneath all their black lipstick. Vive la gloom!
Mon., Sept. 17, 8:30 p.m.