At long last, Astari Nite releases its debut EP.

Astari Nite

If you've been at any of the hipper venues that still allow live music, you've most likely seen Astari Nite swoop in and swoon through a few cool songs. You might have even wondered just what those songs were and where you might get your mitts on them. Well, you need not wonder any longer, because this month, Astari Nite marks the official release of its eponymous EP. And the band is set to perform at the Vagabond to celebrate.

Led by a tune titled "True Romance," the EP makes clear that the members of Astari Nite are not afraid to wear their dark hearts on their suitably gilded sleeves. Another highlight among the EP's five tracks is a little ditty called "From Carving Lips." Yes, the song takes a page from the Cure and turns it into a 21st-century lament. But it's also a celebration of love lost and dissolution, and it provides an almost giddily delirious tingle of the crash that's set to come.

No, Astari Nite isn't the first band to sing and play about heartbreak, nor will it be the last. Still, as everyone who's ever had their heart broken will tell you, it sure as hell feels like the first time, every time it happens. And that's the magic.


Astari Nite

Doors open 10 p.m. Friday, January 29. The Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. Admission is free before 11 p.m., $5 after. Ages 21 and up. 305-379-0508;


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