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Gotobeds, Mint Mile, Sueves 

When: Sat., Nov. 15, 7 p.m. 2014
Price: $7
The Gotobeds hail from Pittsburgh, and as a passive-aggressive show of loyalty to their working-class, mid-major underdog of a city, these slacker punks have a track called “New York’s Alright,” which insists in a shrugged-shoulders, misanthropic kind of way that NYC is a whole bunch of whatever. The new Poor People Are Revolting (12XU) sticks with that mentality (note the album title), and its jagged hooks sneer more than sparkle. The ramshackle, postpunky “To and From” feels held together by spit and rubber cement, with a nonstop, dive-bombing riff, but its vocal melodies have a sneaky polish (despite being a few cents flat) that sounds perfect in context. Though the Gotobeds’ formula is a loose one—the most consistent element is the tight closed-hi-hat sound—something similar has worked remarkably well for Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts (who apparently are such hot shit now that they need an alter ego, Parkay Quarts). Poor People is more under-the-radar than it should be, and often sharper and more clever than it lets on. Maybe the Gotobeds relish playing the dark horse. —Kevin Warwick

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