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2skinnydorks & the Family 

Spread Love (

This debut from the Cleveland pop-rock duo 2skinnydorks is all about good vibes and better weed, coming with lithe acoustic funk and a disposition sunny enough to require shades.

Full of tie-dyed platitudes -- "Whatever makes you free, just be" -- and bright instrumentation, Spread Love fits comfortably within the Dave Matthews school of Rock to Play Hacky Sack To. The band's bulletproof optimism is infectious, especially on the nimble pop daydream "Just Be" and the vibrant opener "Hey Love," where the vaguely Hootiesque vocals of Jake Blazer are peppered with shuffling sax; elsewhere, the sound broadens with touches of flute and loose-limbed percussion. Spread the word: This is fun, fleet modern rock, full of grins and granola.

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