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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thursday To-Do: The Reds / An Orangtuan / Midwest Caravan

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 9:34 AM

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The Reds.

THE REDS / AN ORANGUTAN / MIDWEST CARAVAN
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $5.

How 'bout a solid bill of local pop- and alt-rock to get you in that springtime kinda mood? For the first time in a long while (blame babies and jobs), the Reds return to the stage with a hook-heavy-helping propulsive pop-rock. With deeply infectious lyrics about summer gone wrong, red Martians and the sort of weirdos Frank Black's made a career singing about. From Bryant, An Orangutan blends scores of disparate influences into an upbeat sort of prog-rock. And Midwest Caravan, a local pop-rock duo (drums and guitar), specializes in sly songs about crazy ex-girlfriends and youthful unease. The group employs a tried-and-true formula: leisurely verses — good for guitarist and lead singer Sammy Williams' bright pop vocals to shine — followed by punchy, shout along choruses.

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