Even with only three mp3s floating around the Internet, Philly quintet Free Energy is starting to produce the sort of buzz usually reserved for bands with at least an EP in the bag. The hype, though, is pretty justified: these songs rule pretty hard, a trio of hook-heavy classic rock jams with blisteringly fun guitar work and choruses about cruising the town and the glory that comes with being young—basically everything Tinted Windows was supposed to be, but never came close to. Based on these tracks (including one eponymous five-minute opus that’s sure to become the band’s bar anthem), Free Energy’s upcoming record, “Stuck on Nothing,” produced by LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, will corner the market on hand claps, cowbells and danceable grooves. When you mix those ingredients (and don’t overdo it), it’s usually a pretty damn good time. (Andy Seifert)
September 2 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, (773)525-2508, at 7pm. $10.