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Tokyo Police Club 

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It's hard to find any flaws on Tokyo Police Club's debut, A Lesson in Crime (Paper Bag): clocking in at 16 and a half minutes, the EP's seven songs spring into action, say their piece, and clear out as quickly as they came, like a NASCAR pit crew. The Toronto quartet has been together only since last year; after a show at the 2005 Pop Montreal fest landed a demo in the hands of the Paper Bag folks, word quickly spread about the band's tight-wire, up-tempo postpunk hooks and lean melodies. Sure, their tunes often sound like those of a hundred contemporaries--the Strokes, Bloc Party, Radio 4, Interpol--but they've excised all the fuck-around. The EP has been picked up by top-shelf British indie Memphis Industries for a February release overseas (the "Nature of the Experiment" single came out this week), and the boys have quit school to hit the tour circuit with all cylinders firing. Good on 'em. The Modern Temper and the Idle Hands open. a 9 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, $10, 18+.

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