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Vacations, Judson Claiborne, Coins Free Recommended Soundboard

When: Mon., April 6, 9:30 p.m. 2009

True to its name, this new group from Jeremy Bolen, Greg Sharp, and Bobby Burg, all members of Chin Up Chin Up, was conceived as a pleasant diversion from their better-known gig. The project began during a European tour as a way for them to step out from under the band-as-career pressure that was building around Chin Up Chin Up, and their decision to avoid guitars resulted in some inspired dicking around. On the loose tangle of songs that makes up the band’s new I Was Bikini / But Rain Afraid(Record Label), ukulele and thumb piano cover most of the guitar’s usual duties, and everything has the easy vibe of a bunch of friends on a weekend hang. The setup seems to suit the trio—they plan to keep on with Vacations after Chin Up Chin Up’s final show on May 15. Judson Claiborne and Coins open. —Miles Raymer

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