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Mama, Platinum Boys, Gross Pointe, Jollys 

When: Mon., May 4, 9 p.m. 2015
Without being nostalgic retreads, Mama manage to evoke middle-western pinball summers of Bondoed ’81 Camaro Z28s, drive-in beer binges, and epic finger bangs under the bleachers. Their recent double seven-inch, “Night Shoot”—produced by George and Alex Szegedy from the Peoples Temple—has plenty of focused Lynott vocal and bass propulsion and dark Nielsen guitar hooks, but there’s an aggression to the sound born not of majoring in “Classic Rock” with a “Power-Pop Emphasis,” but rather of years spent honing their shit in the booze-sweat-piss-and-Adderall magik of the house-show circuit. And finally Mama are starting to get some love above the underground. They play the HoZac Blackout Fest a couple Fridays from now (5/15, to be exact), and this summer Hozac is releasing last year’s Speed Trap EP—which includes the instant-classic “Bad Reputation.” During a time when so much rock ’n’ roll is either self-consciously avant, defined as “fun” for producing two-chord odes to kitty cats and taking zero creative risks, or shamelessly dry humping punk rock’s rotting corpse, Mama stand out as a band who know music but don’t sound studied—and are entertaining simply by virtue of writing some damn good songs. —Brian Costello



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