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Surf Curse/LALA LALA/The Scuzzballs 

When: Tue., Aug. 22, 8 p.m.
Price: $10 ADV, $12 DOS
Stripping down a youthful garage rock sound to just a guitar and a drum kit (and two voices), Surf Curse dropped a pleasant album earlier this year in Nothing Yet. Throughout the nine songs, Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck weave a classic surf rock sound through lo-fi production. Rubeck, on guitar, flips some really nice and simple riffs against Rattigan’s energetic drumming. Take “All is Lost,” which comes toward the end of the album and features a crashing beat over the painful lyric, repeated over and over, “‘cause I lost you again!” There’s enough variety on this album (and their earlier stuff) to keep you hooked, and you can tell that there’s a physicality to this music that will translate well onstage. “The Strange and the Kind” has been getting a lot of the press this year, and its ethereal melodies make a great anchor for the album and, surely, tonight’s set. (Eric Sandy)

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