Hollows, Radar Eyes, Coffin Pricks, Summer Girlfriends 17+ Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., May 17, 8:30 p.m. 2012

I have little doubt that Hollows are tired of getting compared to the Shangri-Las, the Ronettes, and other classic girl groups. Singer and organist Maria Jenkins has stated the obvious: "I mean we have four girls singing and we do harmonies and we write pop songs." But with its cutesy title and breezy sha-na-na melody, "Bobby Blueheart" (from Hollows' new Trouble in Mind LP Vulture) could easily have come from a 60s shake-shop jukebox. The band's vintage organ-driven sound is still at the heart of their music, though the girls (and guy) go a bit easier on the bubblegum this time out, summoning some darker moods. You can hear that right away on "V Is for Vulture": It opens with a hooky but glum organ line, and at first Jenkins's singing is reserved and forlorn as the song creeps along. Only toward the end, after the tune has slowly built to a peak, adorned with horns and strings, does the vocal melody tread on Go-Go's territory. It's mature garage pop (and the best Hollows song I've heard), with more orchestral flourishes than hand claps; you're more likely to gently sway than bob your head. But those loyal to the band's old-school two-minute romps, fear not: "Oh Why" has moments crying out for you to bust into the swim and/or the watusi. —Kevin Warwick Radar Eyes, Coffin Pricks, and Summer Girlfriends open.

Price: $8

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