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White Mystery, Coltrane Motion, Fake Fictions 

When: Fri., June 5, 10 p.m. 2009
Price: $8
I profiled the Fake Fictions for one of my early columns and walked away from the experience convinced that they’re one of those rare bands that operate with zero regard for trends. They record lo-fi because it’s what they can afford, and their catchy, angular pop punk, delivered with a twinge of snottiness, sounds kinda like the stuff Kill Rock Stars put out in the 90s because they like those albums. The funny thing is that, since my column, the indie-rock world has been overtaken by a lo-fi mania, and young new artists like Wavves, No Age, and Eat Skull are attracting scads of press with music that sounds kinda like the stuff Kill Rock Stars put out in the 90s. While the Fake Fictions were doing their own thing, they got rear-ended by the cool train. I hope that means their recent Oja Kodar EP (Comptroller) will attract a few extra sets of ears—it’s their best set of songs yet, bristling with hooks, buzzing with sugar-high energy, and wrapped in a comfy layer of fuzz. “In Character,” which runs just 1:57, is the perfect palate cleanser to play between two records by bands that take themselves too seriously. The EP, like the rest of the group’s oeuvre, is downloadable free at thefakefictions.com. White Mystery, whose debut is due on HoZac this month, headlines; Coltrane Motion and the Fake Fictions open. —Miles Raymer



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