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Colleen Green

Colleen Green

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Upset, Colleen Green, Sam Vicari 

When: Mon., April 13, 8:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $12, $10 in advance
The album art says it all. Colleen Green’s new I Want to Grow Up (Hardly Art) is an indie-rock record made perfect by its cynicism—and the candid cover shot of the front woman donning a party hat, a pair of hard black sunglasses, and a smirk that doubles as a middle finger is about as blunt as a flaming bag of turds on your doorstep. The lyrics are just as direct. For example, Green doesn’t much bother with sugarcoating her bummed spirit on the chorus from the title-track opener: “Sick of being dumb / Sick of being young / I want to grow up.” It’s not so much a plea as a tongue-in-cheek, self-deprecating dig that doubles as charm. The drum machine that accompanied her on 2013’s Sock It to Me is no more, as she’s enlisted real live drums and a guitar timbre that’s 90s grunge rather than lo-fi indie pop—save the dark-electro cut “Deeper Than Love,” which shows her off at her most bewitching. And though the colorful gloom is plenty of fun all by itself—like a dozen half-deflated, abandoned balloons hovering in the corner of a Chuck E. Cheese’s—Green rolls out so many sweet, airy vocal melodies, layer after layer after layer, that it’s hard to stay snarky for long. I Want to Grow Up is by far and away her best record yet, and proof that she’s actually grown up quite a bit these last couple of years. —Kevin Warwick
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