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Tennis, Family Portrait Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Fri., Dec. 10, 10 p.m. 2010

Alaina Moore, front woman of Denver duo Tennis, has a pure and innocent voice, and her lyrics can seem innocent too—though it's hard to tell if lines like "When I feel the bow pushing past the waves / There's no other motion that can pass the day / Ay-yay-yay" are straightforward descriptions or coy innuendo. The husband-and-wife band's forthcoming debut album, Cape Dory (Fat Possum), is a breezy salute to the motion of the ocean inspired by the eight months Moore and partner Patrick Riley spent living on a sailboat. Which means it's bona fide yacht rock—though given Moore's sweet, Petula Clark-like vocals and the music's shameless, joyful nostalgia for squeaky-clean 80s twee and lite 60s fare, perhaps "yacht pop" is more accurate. Family Portrait opens. 18+. —Jessica Hopper

Price: $10, $8

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