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60 FT DOLLS

As part of an impressive explosion of Welsh rock music that's also given us Super Furry Animals and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, the 60 Ft Dolls amply demonstrate the relative value of geographic isolation. While indirectly a product of Great Britain's fickle hit factory, on their full-length debut, The Big 3 (DGC), this power trio makes music wonderfully free of stale alt-rock signifiers, and it would be silly not to consider the band's homeland--the perceived backwater of the UK--part of the reason. There's nothing particularly original about the 60 Ft Dolls, but their brusque conflation of Beatles-esque grace, pub rock brio, and punk rock attitude sounds downright fresh anyway. On songs like the stomping "Happy Shopper" and the soul-flecked "Stay," singer-guitarist Robert Parfitt sounds like a dead ringer for Mott the Hoople's Ian Hunter, which makes sense considering Hunter's similarly expansive view of straight-up rock 'n' roll. The Dolls have earned a reputation for smoking performances, and during a time when most rock seems impeded by irony, ineptness, or angst, their exuberant attack should guarantee a restorative shot of rock's power. Sunday, 7 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport; 773-525-2508. PETER MARGASAK

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): phot by Jessie Frohman.

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