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Rayon Beach, Heavy Times, Bourgeois Zeus, Kramer vs. Kramer Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Thu., Aug. 19, 9 p.m. 2010

Last month, just when it seemed like every jerk with an iPhoneBerry who entered the sanctum sanctorum of the Pitchfork fest felt compelled to tweet poetic on every facet of that tedious and sweaty spectacle, a member of the HoZac Records crew updated his Facebook status with the simple observation "Side Boob City." Everything I loved about HoZac's raunchy ancestral zine, Horizontal Action, and many of the bands in it came flooding back. I get that same feeling when I listen to Austin's Rayon Beach. The songs on their EP The Memory Teeth sound rooted in (and could have fit in nicely) with the bands Horizontal Action championed in the early aughts. Songs like "Wave Pool Ether" suggest a slightly Reatarded, narcoleptic Clone Defects in space, while the relative bounce of "Comet Songs" shows they can do much more than grind out bedroom-recorded versions of 60s dance-party garage thud. The winner for me, though, is the instrumental "Jacuzzi Limo Explosion," which closes out the EP with an answer to the oft-asked question, "What would it sound like if Modern Lovers-era Jerry Harrison played keyboards with Pleasure Principle-era Gary Numan?" (Answer: it sounds fucking triumphant.)—Brian Costello  

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