Joseph Steinhardt and Zach Gajewski launched Don Giovanni Records at Boston University in 2003, and since then they’ve worked with a slew of fantastic bands, among them New Jersey rippers Screaming Females, emo-leaning Philly indie-rockers Waxahatchee, and minimalist D.C. postpunks Priests. Steinhardt and Gajewski have a great ear for punk that flirts with pop, so once I learned that Cincinnati band Vacation
were on Don Giovanni too, I wasn’t at all surprised by the catchiness of their tunes. The band’s second album, 2013’s Candy Waves
, sounds like jangly bubblegum garage that’s been splashed with battery acid—the title track
scours its delightful doo-wop swing and sunny chorus with noisy, overdriven guitars. —Leor Galil This show is part of Ian’s Party, which runs Friday through Sunday at Township and Friday and Saturday at Quenchers. The Brokedowns headline; Slow Death, Vacation, Purple 7, Galactic Cannibal, Brickfight, Low Cloud, Like Bats, Closed Mouths, and High Priests open.