Cheap Time, Zoobombs, Ramma Lamma Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., March 2, 9:30 p.m. 2011

Someday, someone will compile a box set of all the bands Milwaukee husband-and-wife team Ryan King and Wendy Norton have been in, together and separately, over the years—what, you've never heard Jane Doe & the Cop Haters? The Kill-a-Watts? The Monitors? Plexi 3? The Flips? The common thread in all these projects is high-energy, hook-heavy pop that's utterly devoid of art-school pretension and bursting with rock 'n' roll knowledge. Their latest spin on this aesthetic is Ramma Lamma, a three-piece where King and Norton take turns on guitar, bass, and vocals. On their debut seven-inch, released by upstart label Certified PR from Saint Petersburg, Florida, the songs are split into sides according to who wrote and sang them. Norton contributes "Tiger Don't Change Its Stripes" and "Good Tyme Johnny," shimmy-shaking post-malt-shop power-punk numbers heavy on enthusiastic nonlyrics like "Whoo!" and "Oh yeah!" The songs on King's side, "Truthin'" and "Kiss You," are, well, not all that different—they're odes to truthin' all over town and wanting to kiss you all over your face, respectively. While most married couples don't make anything but babies, King and Norton make fun music—something the world actually needs more of. Christ, they even have a song called "Wet Denim"! What's not to like? —Brian Costello

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