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Drummer, Royal Bangs Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., Oct. 23, 10:30 p.m. 2009

I can't prove that the giant leap in quality between the Royal Bangs' first album (We Breed Champions, self-released in 2006) and the new Let It Beep has anything to do with the morale boost they must've gotten when Patrick Carney, drummer for the Black Keys and proprietor of the Audio Eagle label, discovered them through their MySpace page and signed them—he not only put out Let It Beep but also reissued their debut last year. But where We Breed Champions was a decent slice of disheveled, electronica-tinged indie rock, the new disc adds a fundamental focus and powerful swagger to the band's mix of sparkling Atari-core, upbeat 70s guitar workouts, and roughed-up pop hooks. Carney's band Drummer headlines. —Ann Sterzinger

Price: $12

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