Rondelles | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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The Rondelles, formed in 11th grade at an Albuquerque high school and recently relocated to Washington, D.C., are the Angels to the Donnas' Ramones: there's an exuberant 60s charm to the teen trio's punky little tunes. Guitarist Juliet and bassist Yukiko, who sing in sweet but ragged oh-oh-ohs, and drummer Oakley, who pounds his kit and an organ simultaneously, play up garage rock's girl-group roots--and though I doubt Phil Spector would have stood for their frequent technical fumbles, today they seem charming. On their debut LP, Fiction Romance Fast Machines, released last year on Steve Shelley's Smells Like label, the Rondelles constructed intentionally quaint fantasies about the old days--you know, back when Happy Days was still producing new episodes--with titles like "Drag Strip Race" and "Mission: Irresistible," mixing them with timeless ditties about nascent crushes and painful breakups. The 11-song album clocks in at a succinct 23 minutes--tantalizingly short, but really just long enough. Thursday, July 8, 7 PM, Fireside Bowl, 2646 W. Fullerton; 773-486-2700. PETER MARGASAK

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