Tennis, Pure Bathing Culture | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Tennis, Pure Bathing Culture 

When: Sun., Oct. 5, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $15
With each record since its 2010 debut, Cape Dory, the duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley has grown more confident and extroverted with its brand of pop music, giving the sweet, often nostalgic melodies a more forceful treatment and a more polished platform. Some of the songs that open the latest Tennis record, Ritual in Repeat (Communion)—especially those produced by Patrick Carney of Black Keys fame—arrive as sugar overloads, augmented by Moore’s bubbly delivery and percolating grooves that appear on “Never Work for Free” and “I’m Calling” and sound not far removed from an early Madonna track. Luckily, most of the record reverts to shading its tunefulness with bits of 50s dream pop and 60s girl-group sounds—like on the irresistible “Bad Girls,” a track produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno—allowing Moore’s lovely voice to achieve a full-bodied soulfulness. —Peter Margasak
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