First’s Ave’s night of Best New Bands gives up-and-coming performers the chance to test out the Mainroom stage earlier than the typical trajectory calls for—and for onlookers it’s a musical sampler of an evening, with seven emerging artists playing over the course of a few hours. This year’s honorees span the genres including rap, folk rock, and punk, hailing from all corners of the metro and even as far as South Carolina. Saturday, January 25th, 6:30 pm. $10 advance, $12 door.Paul Cajun

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