When: Fri., Oct. 14, 7 p.m. 2011
Listening to Dum Dum Girls' recent Only in Dreams (Sub Pop), it's hard to wrap my head around the fact that their first album, I Will Be, came out just over a year ago. Recorded when the "group" consisted solely of front woman Dee Dee Penny (nee Kristen Gundred) and produced by Richard Gottehrer—who wrote "I Want Candy" and produced the first Blondie record—I Will Be is built around a solid core of sunny SoCal pop, but its lo-fi production makes the whole thing feel slightly insubstantial. For Dreams—produced by Gottehrer again, with the Raveonettes' Sune Rose Wagner—Penny recorded with a full-on band, and the album sounds considerably more vivid overall. But the real surprise here is the songs themselves, which hit as hard as anything Chrissy Hynde or Siouxsie Sioux made at their peak. —Miles Raymer Dum Dum Girls also play the Empty Bottle at 10 PM.