Dum Dum Girls

If the Ronettes or the Shangri-La’s had picked up some guitars and written their own songs back in the 60s, they might have had as much badass personality as the Dum Dum Girls. The scuzzy garage-pop quartet – Dee Dee, Jules, Bambi, and Sandy Vu – released their debut record, I Will Be, this year, and it’s a knockout. Dee Dee’s got a strikingly dusky voice, and the record’s first two singles, “Jail La La” and “Bhang Bhang (I’m a Burnout)”, are about prison and drugs, respectively, but the fuzzy guitar textures, the girls’ tuneful harmonies, and the rapid pacing of the songs boost them to a jubilant level – the music fairly bursts with authority and light. With Crocodiles, Past Lives, DJ Mario Orduno. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Sat., June 26, 9 p.m., 2010

 
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