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Crystal Antlers, Vivian Girls, Bird Talk Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Wed., May 6, 9:30 p.m. 2009

One Pitchfork reviewer called the lyrics on the Vivian Girls’ 2008 full-length “purposefully passive,” and sure, the band isn’t exactly weighty—they’re a pop group, three girls set to jangle. Their latest seven-inch, last fall’s Surf’s Up, isn’t as blazing and toothy as their 22-minute debut album: their fuzz has a new ethereal lightness, and they’ve given their sweeps of blurry, reverbed melody a candy coating. The Vivian Girls have turned a corner, adding a little more sha-la-la, a bit of tears-in-his-eyes sentiment, and lots more meditative, ching-ching-chiming Velvets-style moments. People will probably keep calling them “garage” or “punk,” but those words still apply only to the modest, muddy fidelity of their recordings, not to their style—they’re a winning testament to the twee-ification of the Brooklyn scene. Crystal Antlers headline; the Vivian Girls and Bird Talk open. —Jessica Hopper

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