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Tweens

Tweens

Tweens, Jaill, Bad Dreams 

When: Thu., April 10, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $10
There’s a certain panache to a band name like Tweens—and this young Cincinnati trio sounds just like you’d figure. Tweens’ new self-titled debut on Frenchkiss is bratty and unruly but still sweet, with a lollipop in its cheek and a switchblade behind its back. Front woman Bridget Battle sweats charisma, even when her cynicism glitters in lyrics about the ho-hum dregs of Cincy (“Bored in This City”) and nice guys who deserve to finish last (“Be Mean”). Punchy and superfun, the album kneads together bubblegum punk and doo-wop and microwaves it on high for five minutes. Plus it’s always comforting to be able to glean most everything you need to know about a song from its name. “Stoner,” for instance, is a kinda-bizarre instrumental that makes Tweens sound like a pop-punk jam band, and “Hardcore Boy” is, well . . . you get it. —Kevin Warwick Jaill and Bad Dreams open.

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