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The new record demonstrates that People Under the Stairs have no inclination to adapt to the times, but they don't always sound quite as confident of their direction as they do on "Step Off." Take these lyrics from "Listen," for instance: "I'm wondering why I got so many friends on MySpace / And still we underground, underpaid, and stayed down." Yet most of the time they keep the vibe light and silly, preferring humor rather than hubris. The music is stripped down, just funky breaks and terse samples—the classic setup of two turntables and, um, two microphones. People Under the Stairs headline Subterranean tonight.
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