The newest New Wave generation has been getting its baptism by hard-edged dance music on Saturday nights at Odell's. "Meltdown" is the name for these progressive gatherings at the nightclub.
It's a youngish crowd in its late teens and early 20s, which means that alcohol-wise you should prepare yourself for BYOB or a juice bar. Some of the more achingly self-conscious hipsters turn out in purist garb, which translates to black T-shirt sporting the name of a band like Skinny Puppy, baggy black shorts, black shoes and white socks. But this being Baltimore, many of these skinny puppies also turn out in casual clothes appropriate to a family crab feast.
Playing last Saturday night was the aptly named Thrill Kill Kult. The group's stage presentation includes a revved up front line of well-packaged female singers, a "nurse" who pats tissues on perspiring brows, a mock crucifixion scene ensuring this group will never play at a meeting of the National Endowment for the Arts, and a bartender whose tux shirt is cut off at the shoulders to show off his tattoo-covered arms.