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Summer Girlfriends, Blizzard Babies, Orca Team Member Picks Recommended The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., June 22, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $7 suggested donation
Given that the local ladies in Summer Girlfriends filled their debut, Shockwaves (Addenda), with sugary vintage pop, it makes pretty excellent sense to open the album with a song named after a fizzy, crackling candy beloved for its nostalgia value. "Pop Rocks" is a breezy, sunshiny girl-group number, not unlike something you might hear during Beach Blanket Bingo or a Twister pizza party. The album is full of playful titles like that—I mean, one song's even called "Danzig and Milo," which is just adorable—but if I had to pick favorites, they'd be "PG-13 Sex Scene" and "Goth Beach Party," both of which feature Caitlin Kerr's almost-brassy, reverbed-out vocals painted over the hazy, lo-fi melodies of guitarists Kristin Marks and Nikita Flaiz. Shockwaves doesn't reinvent the girl-group wheel, but I'm glad it doesn't bother—these five friends are more concerned with keeping their pinup vibe fun and simple, which is what summer should really be all about. Tonight is the band's record-release show. —Kevin Warwick Blizzard Babies and Orca Team open.

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