New Brunswick’s basement dwellers were given a treat last night when Seattle’s favorite palindrome Tacocat, who have seen success on our charts the past couple weeks, came to Circuit City (no, not that Circuit City). But before those surf-poppers wooed the crowd, some of New Brunswick and Brooklyn’s finest took the stage on the carpeted corner of Circuit City’s quite un-big-box-store-sized basement.
 
Local favorites Merkin kicked the night off on a noise-punk note, burning through crowd pleasers like Period Sex before Wild Rice plugged in. Their brand of explosive, beard-shaking dirty blues set everyone’s ears ringing just in time for the main act.
 
With half of its members donning Miley Cyrus garb, Tacocat’s performance was the stuff of good times. Over garagey grooves, the band covered everything from weed and acid to Catholicism, and getting to second base. No, not that second base. Front lady Emily Noces delivered a captivating tambourine performance, and if she hadn’t said anything, you’d never guess she might be self-conscious about her dancing. Unfortunately, the Weird Fantasy Band’s self-loathing set was cut short due to noise complaints. With the few songs they got in though, this Brooklyn crew demonstrated tight musicianship and a flare for the dramatic.
 
Although the night ended prematurely, the energy and passion of all the performers was enough to leave New Brunswick’s DIY’ers satisfied.