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Music: Chimes, Pollen Rx, Side A Side B, Crazy Pills, Granny

The bill’s mostly familiar plus one touring act, but the sounds are complimentary in that they’re all essentially made up of that ooey gooey good stuff, a garage-pop-indie happiness-inducing rock n’ roll plasma, the stuff that keeps you hydrated this time of year when otherwise you might find yourself listening to nothing but chill wave and New Age. Pollen Rx are joining us from Austin, with that penchant for wide-eyed bright strings that could only be plucked with such fervor by someone living under bright sun rays all year round. Also get excited for Chimes‘ brand of burnt-out, blasé, sun-blistered psych-rock.

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Four Must-See Shows This Week, From a Neo-Noise OG to a Bedroom Punk QT

Boy oh boy this weekend’s gonna be a wild one. There’s a lot of dark energy floating around right now. People have reached their breaking point with winter and it’s hard not to feel like something’s bound to give at any moment. Call me a truther, but I feel like ISIS might have something to do with this one. I mean they’re definitely the people behind “the dress,” am I right? Something so dull and inconsequential was the perfect way to distract people from the realities of war and global distress. Is that a glowing revelation for you or what? Well, sorry about that– but we suggest you banish your fear and channel all anxiety and doom into bobbing your head or grinding at any one of these rad shows. We promise you Suicide and Pharmakon will invoke way realer terror than “the dress.”

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