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Stars Pick Their Top Five! This Week: Acid Dad

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Scummy, fuzzy, fun.

These psychedelic punks are fresh off the release of their self-titled debut album and sounding at equal points fresh and revivalist. The two singers offer equal parts mellow and punchy vocals that lay behind a wall of doom-distortion. The driving bass and drums mixed with sluggish, trippy lyrics have a 70s sound, but the catchiness and production are very modern. Recommended for those who want to simultaneously relive the good-old-days and enjoy the present.

Catch them at Club Congress, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 22. With No Parents and Jeff Lownsbury. Free. All Ages.


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My Bloody Valentine Loveless

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